Latest update 13u donderdag 9 februari 2017
WILLEMSTAD – Tensions are running high between the coalition partners MAN, PAR, PNP and Pueblo Soberano (PS). This after the PS came with the initiative, during a parliamentary meeting, for a temporary committee on Smart Zoning.
This initiative received the support of the opposition parties MFK, Korsou di Nos Tur, Marilyn Mozes MP and the Independent MP Edward Braam, which is a majority in parliament.
The coalition partner PNP and its Minister of Spatial Planning Suzanne Camelia-Römer are against this proposal and even qualified it as a “trust issue” since the Minister is already working on the changes to the “Eilandelijke Ontwikkelings Plan” (EOP), the Island Development Plan.
The Minister has from the outset opposed the establishment of this committee. The committee was already proposed by the opposition during a parliamentary meeting on the changes to the EOP at the end of November last year. The motion was adopted back then with the support of the PS MP Mack Cijntje. The coalition does not agree with the obligation to clear one million guilders in the 2017 budget for a new zoning law. Cijntje proposes a Smart Zoning instead of the current EOP. Minister Camelia-Römer does not agree because, in her own words, instead of urging the government, the MPs are imposing. “They are telling the Ministry of Spatial Planning what to do!”
The Minister has explained several times that the process to revise the EOP is long and it will need the help of local and international experts.
The Pueblo Soberano MP Cijntje said he regrets that the issue has caused so much discord and resistance for something as interesting as smart zoning. “The Minister wants a more efficient public transport and affordable housing. This is the way we should go about it. Curaçao was paralyzed for 20 years. The EOP was a moratorium on construction,” said the MP.
The MP indicated that his proposal is not to keep the government or the Minister out but it is to benefit livable neighborhoods.
Update 01u donderdag 9 februari 2017: Update Dark clouds hanging over cabinet Koeiman
WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Spatial Planning, Suzanne Camelia-Römer will not accept a parliamentary committee for Smart Zoning as proposed by some Members of Parliament.
If this is the case she will immediately resign her post. In her interpretation of this proposal, she indicates that the MPs are trying to do her job.
The Minister’s party, the PNP will also pull the plug which means a government crisis.
News wednesday 18.50 February 8, 2017: Dark clouds hanging over cabinet Koeiman
WILLEMSTAD – According to credible sources, there is currently a tumultuous meeting taking place at Fort Amsterdam.
All ministers and Members of Parliament are present with the exception of Melvin Cijntje, Sherwin Leonora, both of the Pueblo Soberano (PS) party and Gassan Dannawi of the ruling party MAN.
The source indicated that there is tension within the coalition and that the government is under heavy stress. The coalition partners are discussing ways to maintain the government alive and prevent a crisis.