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Ombudsman: Garbage collection-tender was not fair and not transparent

PHILIPSBURG — The public tender for the collection of solid waste for the period 2021-2026 was “neither fair nor transparent,” the office of the Ombudsman concludes in a report about its systemic investigation into this issue. VROMI-Minister Egbert Doran reacted tersely when he was given the preliminary report. He considered the investigation More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, June 27th, 2022
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Factsheet: “Only a small minority prefers complete independence”

PHILIPSBURG — Is St. Maarten completely decolonized or is there still work to be done? That is the central question in a factsheet three experts put together for the Dutch Second Chamber. The answer remains More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
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New debate about double turnover tax on fuel prices

PHILIPSBURG — Eight years ago, financial expert Emilio Kalmera pointed out how the government abuses the turnover tax-system by applying this levy twice to the price of gasoline and diesel: once to the wholesale More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
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Agreement about draft COHO-law seems highly unlikely

PHILIPSBURG — What are the chances that the four countries in the Dutch Kingdom reach an agreement about the draft consensus kingdom law COHO? If you look at the criticism from the Caribbean side of the ocean, More...

By The Publisher On Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Supreme Court-ruling sheds more light on prescriptive rights

PHILIPSBURG — A five-year-old ruling from the Supreme Court about a land dispute between a family and the municipality of Heusden sheds some more light on the intricacies of prescriptive rights. The ruling, More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, April 14th, 2022
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Round table debate about Kingdom Charter: “Not correct to state that we are still a colony of the Netherlands”

PHILIPSBURG — Next week Tuesday, April 19, the parliamentary committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization organizes a round table panel discussion with four experts about the Kingdom Charter, its More...

By The Publisher On Friday, April 1st, 2022
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Audit Chamber gives negative opinion about 2019 financial statements

PHILIPSBURG — The General Audit Chamber confirms in its compliance audit of St. Maarten’s financial statement for the year 2019 what has been a headache ever since the territory obtained autonomy within More...

By The Publisher On Friday, March 11th, 2022
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How to obtain land-ownership through prescriptive rights

PHILIPSBURG — There are different ways to become the owner of immovable property, like land or real estate. Civil law attorney Reynold Groeneveldt describes the finer points of this issue in an article with More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, March 10th, 2022
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St. Maarten must amend ordinance top salaries

PHILIPSBURG — The national ordinance that regulates the ceiling for salaries in the (semi-)public sector is not in line with the decision of the Kingdom Council of Ministers of September 24 of last year. More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, March 10th, 2022
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State secretary hammers on need for building a strong foundation

THE HAGUE — While the three BES-islands (Statia, Saba and Bonaire) receive millions from the Dutch government, the autonomous countries St. Maarten. Aruba and Curacao have to make do with observations from More...