The Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Interparliamentary Relationsof Parliament will meet in a session on Monday, April 11. Several Ministers will be present for the sitting of the House.     

The CKAIR meeting has been set for Monday at 10.00 am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is discussion with the relevant Ministers on several topics in preparation of the IPKO and Tripartite to be held from May 31-June 3, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands.

The Minister of General Affairs will be providing information on embassies and the securing of the interests of Sint Maarten, dispute regulation, discrimination, possibility of travel with ID between Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, SIDS and the formalization of ministerial cooperation (Ministeriële Samenwerking), followed by the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs on the success rate of Sint Maarten students in the Netherlands, the actual implementation of the action plan on the rights of the child and an update on DUO.

The next Minister who will be shedding light to topics such as flight connections between Sint Maarten, Saba and Statia, landing rights on Sint Maarten, fast ferry connection between Sint Maarten, Saba and Statia and reducing roaming costs between the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom is the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be elaborating on health care and discrimination right after.

Finally the Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure will delve into climate change, global warming, the Paris Climate Agreement and its consequences for Sint Maarten in relation to SIDS and innovative and sustainable energywhile the Minister of Finance will give an update on will registration (testamentenregister).

 


The Central Committee will meet in session on February 8th and the Minister of Finance will be present.   

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Monday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is the draft National Ordinance to establish the National 2016 Budget.

 


The House of Parliament will meet in a Plenary Session on January 27th with the Minister of General Affairs.      

The public Plenary Session is scheduled for Wednesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The four point agenda is as follows: draft National Ordinance to change the Pension Ordinance; ratification agreements lists Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) and Tripartite January 2016; discussion on the four resolutions adopted by the Tripartite meeting of January 4, 2016; and advice concerning the appointment of 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.

 


The Ad Hoc Integrity Committee of Parliament (BCI), will meet on January 27th.  

The BCI Ad Hoc Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is approval of the decision lists BCI Parliamentary Year 2015-2016, no. 1, 2 and 3.  The second agenda point is a continued discussion on topics proposed in connection with setting the parameters and work method for the Permanent Committee Integrity.

 


The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on January 26th. 

The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The seven point agenda is as follows: approval decision lists CKAIR Parliamentary Year 2015-2016, no. 5, 6 and 7; incoming documents; draft proposal Kingdom Law on Dutch Citizenship in connection with retracting the aforementioned based on national security; draft proposal Kingdom Law on changes to the Passport Law related to travel bans; draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 171 and 182); draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 11 and 144); and preparations for the next Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) 2016 from May 31-June 3.

 


The Central Committee will meet on January 26th.

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Tuesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is an advice concerning the appointment of the 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.

 


The Central Committee will meet on January 13th.

      

The Central Committee meeting is a continuation from the adjourned meeting of September 2, 2015, and is reconvened for Wednesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is a draft National Ordinance with regulations regarding Public Heath Care.

 


The House of Parliament will meet in a public plenary session on January 13 regarding public health care.

 

The plenary session is set for Wednesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. 

The first agenda point is incoming documents; the second agenda point is the draft National Ordinance of regulations related to Public Health Care.

 


 

The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on January 11th. 

    

The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is debrief about the outcome of the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) 2016 that took place on Sint Maarten from January 5-8.

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

 


 

The Parliament of Sint Maarten will be hosting the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) from January 5-8.

On the agenda to be discussed are a number of topics such as: health care, economic opportunities within the Kingdom with the focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS); energy; education more specifically the issues students and former students encounter with DUO in the Netherlands where it pertains their study loan and the possibility of studying in the region; the dispute regulation and the use of articles 15 and 20 of the Regulation of the Governor that enables the Kingdom Government to issue instructions to the Governor, among others.

Delegations from the Parliaments of Aruba and Curaçao as well as from the First and Second Chambers of the Netherlands will participate in IPKO this week.

IPKO participants will receive presentations from the Civil Registry on nationality issues caused by administrative errors as well as the Public Prosecutor’s office on a comprehensive approach to fight human trafficking.

The IPKO is a meeting that takes place twice a year where delegations from the Parliaments of the four countries within the Kingdom meet and discuss a number of issues.

The meeting in January is always hosted by one of the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom while 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 order to come with possible solutions.

In addition, it is a good opportunity for the parliamentarians to meet their peers from the other countries to establish that personal contact.

At the end of each IPKO, an agreement list is signed by the delegation leader of each parliamentary delegation. Throughout the year the execution of the agreements made are monitored by each country.

The Presidents of Parliament of 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 January 4, prior to the start of the IPKO Consultation, a Tripartite will also take place where Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten will discuss a number of issues such as the possibility of a joint Constitutional Court, a register for wills, appeal in tax court cases, the possibility of reduction of roaming costs between the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom.

The Tripartite will also discuss some of the topics on the agenda of the IPKO in preparation for the Consultation.

Work visits are planned for the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) PJIAE N.V. and to the Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Facility in Pointe Blanche (Seven Seas Water).

 


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