THE HAGUE--The budgetary approval process shouldn't be a problem, if the Parliament of St. Maarten follows the Kingdom Law on Financial Supervision.
Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner stated this in response to questions posed by Member of the Dutch Parliament's Second Chamber Eric Lucassen of the Party for Freedom PVV.
Lucassen had posed questions on June 16, following an article in The Daily Herald dated June 7, headlined "Hiro: Amend Kingdom Law to remove second CFT approval." According to Lucassen, the report suggested that St. Maarten's Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto wanted to "curtail the controlling authority" of the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT by eliminating the second approval by CFT, following approval by Parliament.
Donner had stated in his response dated July 11 that the article in the newspaper aimed at the complaint of Members of St. Maarten's Parliament that CFT had rejected a budget after it had been approved by Parliament. "This complaint was also expressed in the Parliamentary meeting," he had stated.
"This problem shouldn't have to exist, if Parliament made sure that the Council of Ministers submits a budget proposal only after approval by the CFT. If Parliament follows the criteria of the Kingdom Law, the problem shouldn't exist," stated Donner.
The minister said the Government of St. Maarten hadn't submitted a request to amend the Financial Supervision Law. Lucassen wanted to know whether Philipsburg had requested an amendment to the law in question to eliminate the second CFT approval.