DH | More Dutch funds for Caribbean Netherlands

The Dutch government has allocated about 388 million euros for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2020. This is 24 million euros more than in 2019.

The Dutch government has allocated about 388 million euros for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2020. This is 24 million euros more than in 2019. In photo: Aerial view of St. Eustatius.

THE HAGUE–With focus on good governance and the wellbeing of the people, the Dutch government has allocated about 388 million euros for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in 2020. This is 24 million euros more than in 2019.

The increase is the result of measures announced in the course of 2019. The so-called free remittance, the amount the three public entities receive to help cover their expenses, remains the same: about 42 million euros. The amounts were announced in the Dutch government budget that was presented on Tuesday.

Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Kajsa Ollongren stated that her ministry envisioned a realistic standard of living in the Caribbean context for the people of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.

“This requires a trustworthy and well-functioning public administration, clarity on the intended goals and cooperation between the islands and the responsible ministries, whereby solid agreements are made about the responsibilities and the results that we aim for,” she stated, also on behalf of State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Raymond Knops.

The additional funds mostly come from the budgets of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour SZW and the Ministry of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports VWS. The SZW Ministry budget mentioned, among other things, the increase of the minimum wage, the elderly pension AOV, the childcare allowance and the improvement of day care and afterschool care, all of which relate to the yet-to-be-established social minimum.

The VWS Ministry structurally spends 127 million euros on health care in the Caribbean Netherlands. There are also funds for youth facilities, sports and prevention agreements that were signed with the islands earlier this year. Sex education, sports, a healthy lifestyle and combating the use of alcohol and illegal drugs are focal points in these sports and prevention agreements.

The budget of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management I&W mentioned an amount of five million euros for investments in 2020-2023 in the improvement of waste management, the preservation of coral reefs and the storage of fuel.

Bron: Daily Herald

4 Reacties op “DH | More Dutch funds for Caribbean Netherlands

  1. Nederland gunt BES 388 miljoen
    Voor goed bestuur & welzijn
    Voordeel van integraal deel van NL vormen
    En niet door dit zooitje onkunde te worden geregeerd
    Zooitje hebberds van Ministers en directeuren
    Met eerste wereld allures en derde wereld kwaliteiten
    PS was zo pro onafhankelijkheid.
    en Contra Provincie
    Maar krabbelde direct terug toen Wiels won.
    PS zou eigenlijk PP moeten heten
    PP voor Pro Pauver
    of voor Pweblo Poberano!
    Van Trots en Independensia kan je niet leven.
    Maar dat willen pro independistas je graag laten geloven.

  2. 25000 inwoners krijgen 388 miljoen Euro ofwel Ang 776 miljoen naast hun inkomsten van belastingen etc. en dan nog heeft een deel niets anders dan klachten.

  3. Nu de isla dicht gaat misschien tijd voor een nieuw referendum…
    Kan Nederland kiezen. Of hier helpen, of een nieuwe exodus.

  4. Miljoenen naar BES eilanden en wij moeten het hier op een houtje bijten. Hebben we allemaal te danken aan Wiels en consorten die hard “NO” bleven schreeuwen.

    Blijkbaar dacht de Curaçaoënaars dat wij van “soberania” kunnen eten.

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