The Inter Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) is a meeting that takes place twice a year where delegations from the Parliaments of the four countries in the Kingdom meet and discuss a number of issues such as energy, health care, integrity, education, etc. The meeting in January is always hosted by one of the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom whilst the meeting in June is hosted by the Netherlands.
The intention of these meetings is to discuss issues that are of common interest or affect the populations of the countries in one way or the other. In addition to that it is a good opportunity for the parliamentarians to meet their peers from the other countries to establish that personal contact. Preparations for these meetings start sometimes months in advance and technologies like video conferencing are used for such.
Sint Maarten hosted the last IPKO from January 5-8, 2016. The next IPKO will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands from May 31-June 3, 2016.
At the end of each IPKO, a list of agreements is signed by the delegation leader of each delegation. Throughout the year the execution of the agreements made are monitored by each country.
The three Caribbean countries of the Kingdom, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, meet every so often in a Tripartite meeting to discuss issues of common interest. These meetings can be held in any of the three countries.
On August 18 and 19, 2014, the Tripartite was held in Sint Maarten. The last Tripartite was held on January 4, 2016 in Sint Maarten.