ThePermanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) of Parliament will meet in session on June 9th.

 

The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations meeting is set for Tuesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

 

The two point agenda for the meeting is approval of the decision list regarding committee parliamentary business for the 2014-2015 period; and a debriefing with respect to the recently concluded Tripartite and Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands from May 25-29.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.


A delegation from Sint Maarten’s Parliament is currently in Aruba attending the Health Care Conference Aruba (HCCA) which is being held from June 1-3 at the Renaissance Convention Center.

President of Parliament Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson, Vice President MP Hon. Cornelius de Weever, MP Hon. George Pantophlet and MP Hon. Silveria Jacobs, are attending HCCA on behalf of parliament.

The HCCA initiative came out of one of the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO), and is being executed by the respective ministers of public health within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with stakeholders.

The main goal for the conference is to achieve/and or reinforce collaboration between the different Dutch Kingdom partners leading to the solution of common health care challenges.

The HCCA offers an opportunity to hold a broader discussion about health care, and to put questions and challenges in a broader perspective.  It is also a good opportunity to bring together health care professionals, policy makers and politicians in the hope to find each other and help each other to achieve the best solutions.

The four main areas under discussion during the three-day conference is a health care system in small communities, and the Caribbean region is used as the case example.

From production driven to quality driven health care; from compartmentalized to integrated care; and collaboration within and between the Dutch Kingdom partners. 

     

IN THE PHOTO: L to R, MP Hon. George Pantophlet, MP Hon. Silveria Jacobs, MP Hon. President Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson and Vice President MP Hon. Cornelius de Weever.


Representatives from the Parliament of Sint Maarten led by President Dr. Lloyd Richardson, recently returned from Panama after attending five-days of parliamentary sessions at the Parliament of Latin America (Parlatino).

The parliamentary delegation comprised of the President Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson, Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Leona Marlin-Romeo, MP Hon. Frans Richardson, MP Hon. Maurice Lake, MP Hon. William Marlin and Secretary General Nancy Joubert.

MPs Marlin-Romeo and Marlin took part in the meeting of the Committee of Political Affairs, Municipal and Integration. One of the agenda points was legislation in material powers of the municipality in the various member countries.  Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Curacao, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic made presentations with respect to their structures and processes.

The second agenda point was related to Latin-American Integration Affairs.  Parlatino would like all members to introduce “Parlatino TV,” which would bring forth transparency to the people in Latin American and the Caribbean with respect to the deliberations that take place at Parlatino.

MPs Hon. Frans Richardson, MP Hon. Maurice Lake, and President of Parliament Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson participated in the Committee on Environment and Tourism, and the Committee of Economic Affairs, Social Debt and Regional Development.  Dr. Richardson also attended the Parlatino Board Meeting in his capacity as Vice President of Parlatino.

Some discussions took place about the status of the draft framework Law for a Comprehensive Approach of Problematic Consumption from the Committee of Citizen Safety.  This draft law would protect against school violence (eg. bullying).

The following draft framework laws were approved by the Ordinary General Assembly: Electric Energy; Renewable Energy; Law Regulating the Production of Non-biodegradable Plastic Bags; Law on Education for Sustainability; Law on Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean: Workers, Families and Vulnerable Groups; Law that Regulates, Controls, and Monitors the Use and Application of Substances of Fillings for Aesthetic Treatments in Latin America and the Caribbean; Law on the Protection of the Coastal Marine Environment, especially ecological systems of Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Sea Grass.

Other draft framework laws approved were: Professionalization Project of Citizen Security Forces in the framework of Democracy and Respect for Human Rights; Law on Eco-tourism in Protected Areas; Proposed Legislative Harmonization Study on the Right to Education of Children and Youth Hospitalized or in a situation of disease in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The draft Law on Health was also approved; Law on Transplants of Cells, Tissues and Organs for Latin America and the Caribbean; Law on Citizen Safety; Law Cyber Delinquency; Law on Prior Consultation and Information to the Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Communities; Law for People of African Descent; Youth Employment Law; and the Law on Prevention, Care and Protection against School Violence.

There was a panel discussion under the banner: The Role of the Media and New Information Technologies in Democracy.  Parlatino has established a project, “Latin American Parliamentary Network Communication,” and the first stage is called “Parlatino Web TV.”

There were two panellists, a journalist and the other one was a European Union (EU) spokesperson.  The latter discussed the set-up of the EU Parliament and the challenges it also faces where it comes to transparency especially having 23 languages within the EU, and how these are dealt with.     

A cooperation agreement was also signed during the five-days of Parlatino deliberations.  This was between the Andean Parliament and Parlatino.

Election of members of the Board of Parlatino also took place during the Ordinary General Assembly.       

The Parlatino working visit took place between May 12 and 17.  There were a total of 139 representatives from 20 parliaments that attended the Parlatino sessions.

PHOTO CUTLINE: L to R, MP Hon. William Marlin, President of Parliament Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson, MP Hon. Frans Richardson, MP Hon. Maurice Lake, and MP Hon. Leona Marlin-Romeo in Panama attending the Ordinary General Assembly of Parlatino. Not in the picture but also present was Secretary General Nancy Joubert.


From May 27-29, 2015 delegations from the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will be meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands for the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO).

On Monday, the three parliamentary delegations from Sint Maarten, Curacao and Aruba met in the Tripartite setting in The Hague to prepare for the IPKO discussions with Dutch parliamentarians.

The Tripartite meeting took place at the Mercure hotel in The Hague. Among the topics discussed were appeal in tax cases, the use of articles 15 and 21 of the Regulation of the Governor by the Kingdom Council of Ministers, screening of candidate ministers with a joint standards system, dispute regulation, nationality research as well as the feedback from several IPKO workgroups.

The goal of the meeting is to prepare for the Inter-parliamentary Consultation as well as discuss topics of mutual interest.

The Sint Maarten delegation partaking in the IPKO and Tripartite meetings consist of the following members:

Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Leona M. Marlin-Romeo, Vice President of Parliament, Delegation leader;

MP Hon. Sarah A. Wescot-Williams, Chairlady Committee Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations;

MP Hon. Van Hugh C. de Weever;

MP Hon. Frans G. Richardson;

MP Hon. Johan E. Leonard;

MP Hon. William V. Marlin;

N.R. Joubert, LL.M., Secretary General;

mr Ralph R.H. Richardson, advisor.

 

IN THE PHOTO: Parliamentary delegations from Sint Maarten (left), Curacao (center) and Aruba (right). Photo Nico van der Ven


From May 27-29, 2015 delegations from the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will be meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands for the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO).

The four parliamentary delegations will be discussing a number of issues that include the following: feedback from workgroup education (especially where DUO-study financing and repayment is concerned), workgroup energy matters, health care and the Health Care Conference to take place in Aruba June 1-4, 2015, workgroup youth affairs, workgroup economic opportunities, workgroup integrity and workgroup discrimination.

Integrity, dispute regulation and the draft initiative Kingdom Law to amend articles 14 and 38 of the Kingdom Charter of (former) Second Chamber Member Van Oven are also on the agenda to be discussed. A work visit to the harbor of Rotterdam will conclude the three-days of consultations.

The delegation from Sint Maarten has been preparing for months for its participation in these meetings. The Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) met on numerous occasions to discuss the aforementioned workgroup topics and to establish the position of the Sint Maarten delegation.

The Inter-parliamentary Consultations will conclude on Friday, 29 May with the adoption and signing of the decision list and a joint press conference of the four delegations. This can be followed through a live stream starting at 16.00 hrs Dutch time and 10.00 AM Sint Maarten time on the website of the Second Chamber, www.tweedekamer.nl.

The deliberations between the delegations are open to the public and can be followed directly through a live stream on the web site of the First Chamber and the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliaments, and dependent on the location of the meeting.

Prior to the start of the Inter-parliamentary Consultations, from 25-26 May, the delegation of Sint Maarten will also be participating in the Tripartite meeting along with delegations from sister islands of Curaçao and Aruba.

The Tripartite meeting will take place at the Mercure hotel in The Hague. Among the topics to be discussed are appeal in tax cases, the use of articles 15 and 21 of the Regulation of the Governor by the Kingdom Council of Ministers, screening of candidate ministers with a joint standards system, dispute regulation, nationality research as well as the feedback from several IPKO workgroups.

The goal of the meeting is to prepare for the Inter-parliamentary Consultation as well as discuss topics of mutual interest.

The Sint Maarten delegation partaking in the IPKO and Tripartite meetings will consist of the following members:

Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Leona M. Marlin-Romeo, Vice President of Parliament, Delegation leader;

MP Hon. Sarah A. Wescot-Williams, Chairlady Committee Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations;

MP Hon. Van Hugh C. de Weever;

MP Hon. Frans G. Richardson;

MP Hon. Johan E. Leonard;

MP Hon. William V. Marlin;

N.R. Joubert, LL.M., Secretary General;

mr Ralph R.H. Richardson, advisor.


The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) of Parliament will meet in session on May 21 with a member(s) of the Council of Ministers.

The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations meeting is set for Thursday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is a discussion with relevant ministers regarding the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) Agreement list of January 2015, which would allow Members of Parliament traveling to the Netherlands to make the necessary preparations to discuss in the Tripartite and IPKO meetings scheduled between May 25-29 in The Hague, the Netherlands.


The Central Committee of Parliament will meet in public session on May 21.

 

The public Central Committee meeting is set for Thursday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is a discussion with D. Marlin with regards to the lack of laws regulating the bank-client relationship.


The Permanent Committee of Expenditures of Parliament will meet in a closed door session on 20th of May with the General Audit Chamber.


The Permanent Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) of Parliament, will meet in public session on May 20. 

The Permanent Committee meeting is set for Wednesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The two agenda points are: approval of the decision list CECYSA Parliamentary Year 2014-2015; and a discussion with the Supervisory Board and Management of the University of St. Martin (USM) and the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, on government’s recognition of USM; strengthening the Hospitality Program at the university as well as revisiting the subsidy agreement between Government and USM.


The Permanent Committee of Justice of Parliament will meet in a public session on 19th May with the Minister of Justice Hon. Dennis Richardson.

The permanent committee meeting is set for Tuesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The meeting with the Minister of Justice regards a presentation and compliance with articles 2, 3, 4, 7, 24 and 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with respect to Foster Homes on Sint Maarten.


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