Mixed Feelings Reside on Both Ends of the Ocean

The Dutch parliament, mostly the House of representatives, is currently involved in the last rounds of discussion regarding the two upcoming kingdom laws, COHO and RAft.

We have been talking about these two pieces of legislation for two years, and now, finally, the suggested Dutch financial supervision, that was written into law, is on the verge of being ratified.

Aruba’s financial crisis, accentuated and highlighted by the pandemic, necessitated the borrowing of almost 1billion florins from the Dutch.

Conditions to the loan were defined and clearly stated, then signed by the Aruba prime minister.

This week, Shailiny Tromp-Lee, a parliamentarian, the head of the MEP contingent, declared on behalf of her political colleagues that they ARE NOT in agreement with what was sealed and signed, and that they have dispatched over 40 questions to the Netherlands, to be answered by its venerated politicians, in their weekly Friday meeting.

I thought it was a total waste of time, but apparently, her concerns fell on fertile grounds in the Netherlands.

Fresh off the press: The house of representatives was critical of the draft consensus in which the kingdom asked for the establishment of the Caribbean body for reform and development, the criticism focused on the process followed by the Netherlands, the conditions imposed, and on the choice of an independent administrative body.

Some Dutch representative were less enthusiastic than others, but it is clear that mixed feelings reside on both ends of the ocean.

As my readers agree, Aruba’s politicians on both ends of the spectrum, have misused and abused its public funds since Status Aparte in 1986, and reached a fatal point of no return in March 2020. The Dutch offered their assistance, structurally, to help us transition from chaos to orderliness, reach a budget surplus, trim expenses, increase productivity and investment, and reduce waste.

The Dutch were not going to do the work themselves, they offered to pay for the study of all our challenges, reach effective solutions by consensus and then guide locals in making the rescue plan a reality.

What’s wrong with being offered good guidance?

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a well-run country, where public officials respect the money paid by hardworking citizens as taxes, and deliver quality-everything as a reward?

Our demagogic parliamentarian suggested the Dutch are threatening the role of the Aruba’s parliament and menacing its autonomy, and now the Dutch House of Representatives partially agrees, which will complicate the situation, further.

In the recent townhall meeting at Cas Di Culture, Arman Hessels, an experienced speaker on the subject of Good Governance, gave an effective talk, about the ways our politicians have compromised our autonomy over the past decades, via mismanagement of public funds. He illustrated the negative consequences of corruption, and centered his criticism around the poor function of our rubber stamp parliament, incapable of maintaining a system of checks and balances.

 

Now that parliament in its great wisdom, blocks progress and improvement in the name of false pride.

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May 20, 2022
Rona Coster