PHILIPSBURG--Government has received "no reply" to date from the First or Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on its request to participate in the debate on the draft "Bosman Law" to regulate the registration of persons from Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten in the Netherlands.
With the debate set for Wednesday, it is now "impossible" for St. Maarten to even put together a delegation to fly to the Netherlands in time, Justice Minister Dennis Richardson told The Daily Herald. "It is impossible for St. Maarten to have a delegation there on time."
There was "continuous uncertainty" about the firm meeting date as it was "supposed to be postponed, even until April," the minister said. St. Maarten had requested since earlier this year to have a delegation participate in the debate on the law, which it vehemently opposed.
Government was only informed officially about the meeting date yesterday, Monday, when the notice was delivered to the Cabinet of Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges in The Hague.
The Dutch Parliament announced the meeting for Wednesday on its scheduled release on Friday.
St. Maarten has not received an answer to its request for the Kingdom Government's position taken on the law.
The controversial law proposal, opposed by the governments of the Dutch Caribbean countries and organisations for persons of Dutch Caribbean origin, has been scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.
Dutch MP Andre Bosman will first elaborate on his initiative law proposal, after which the Members of Parliament will share their views on the proposed legislation and pose questions.
Several parties, such as the Democratic Party D66 and the Christian Unie (CU) are against the law proposal.
At the end of the meeting, a date for the second term of the handling is expected to be set.
Dutch Caribbean organisations in the Netherlands have already called on their members to mobilise and protest against this law proposal, which they deem racist and in violation of a number of international and European conventions, also because people from the islands have a Dutch passport and as such are Dutch citizens.
The Bosman law proposal seeks to regulate the registration of persons moving to the Netherlands from Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten. Bosman's objective is to prevent poorly-educated people from establishing in the Netherlands, where, according
to him they have no future.
If approved, the law would allow persons from the overseas countries to stay in the
Netherlands for six months after which they would have to apply for a residency permit. This permit would only be issued if the applicant complies with a number of conditions.
The applicant should be able to provide for him/her and his/her family, have a minimum education level and speak the Dutch language.
A permit will be refused if the applicant has a criminal record and will be expelled from the Netherlands if he or she poses a severe threat to public safety.