The Hague-The combination PvdA / GroenLinks pays extensive attention to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom in the Election program ‘together for a hopeful future’ published today
Throughout the Kingdom, we will continue discussions about the colonial and slavery past, its impact and the necessary recovery. We also invest in strengthening the Democratic legal order throughout the Kingdom. Thus, we create a solid foundation for trust in government, diversity in societies, and legal certainty through equality of law in our Kingdom.
In the Caribbean countries within our Kingdom, we are committed to improving the situation of the citizens of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten with help and money. We use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations as a guide. The balance of power between the Netherlands and the Caribbean countries within our Kingdom will be straightened and the democratic deficit will be resolved. Our national laws are dealt with by the Dutch parliament. Ministers Plenipotentiary of the Caribbean countries and delegated members of the parliaments of these countries now have the possibility of participation, but cannot submit a national law themselves and cannot vote. It is high time to amend the statute for the Kingdom of the Netherlands so that this becomes possible. We are in favour of introducing a dispute settlement between the countries of the Kingdom with a ‘judge’ who can give binding judgments. We encourage the development of two regions (Upper winds and lower winds), bypassing as much as possible the constitutional structures that stand in the way of this. We allow companies to benefit as much as possible from Dutch regulations such as guarantee provisions, environmental subsidies and investment funds. We support students from Caribbean countries in the Netherlands with housing, adaptation to language and culture, choice of study and guidance and return after study. We support education in the Caribbean countries financially and with knowledge.
For the residents of the special municipalities of the Netherlands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba we set a social minimum and introduce measures that guarantee that no one lives below this minimum. Together with the islands, we are working on a strong approach to counteract the effects of climate change and invest in protecting the fragile nature on and around the islands. We offer the societies the necessary space and support to give direction and substance to their future at their own discretion. The traditional and social fundamental rights apply in full to the inhabitants of this Caribbean part of the Netherlands. We support the desire to strengthen our own identity and culture. We ensure that there is room for an approach tailored to each island. Measures are taken only in consultation with representatives and experts of these islands, taking into account their priorities and limited capacity. We actively support the (further)training and employment of local people. Local government funding must be adequate. We organize additional counterforce, such as, for example, an authoritative Advisory Committee, which takes on the role of organizations such as VNG and IPO. On St. Eustatius, we restore full democracy as soon as possible. We shall remove all barriers to trade between the countries and islands of the Kingdom, whether or not through the establishment of a customs union.
More equality in rights of citizens in our Kingdom
We want equality between Dutch people in the Caribbean and European Netherlands. There will be an end to the second-class citizenship of the inhabitants of Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatius. This means, among other things, that a decent social minimum is introduced on the islands so that poverty is counteracted and the effects of climate change on the islands are limited. We are righting the balance of power between the countries of our Kingdom by giving the plenipotentiary ministers of the Caribbean countries and delegated members of the parliaments of these countries the opportunity to submit and vote on a national law themselves. Now they have only advisory rights. Dutch citizens have the right to remain Dutch and EU citizens, even if they obtain the nationality of their host country.
Rethinking, processing and restoring together
The Netherlands has made excuses for its colonial and slavery past. Now it’s time to make work of connection and recovery. We will continue the discussions within the communities in the European Netherlands and the Caribbean Netherlands about the colonial and slavery past, its impact and the necessary recovery. Throughout Education, sufficient attention is paid to the colonial and slavery past of our country. And there will be a Slavery Museum in the Netherlands and the Caribbean, focusing on the transatlantic slave trade, slavery in Asia, in the former Dutch East Indies and for contract labor. July 1 (Keti Koti) and May 5 (Liberation day) become national holidays. Historical figures who committed crimes against humanity or were responsible for genocide are no longer glorified. And we make sure the stories about the heroes of our shared history are told.
Protecting our seas
The Wadden Sea is part of the Unesco World Heritage. We also protect the North Sea and vulnerable marine nature in the Caribbean Netherlands as a unique marine area. We continue to provide the necessary funding for the protection of coral reefs and biodiversity in the Caribbean Netherlands. Fuente:koninkrijks relatie dosier