St. Maarten News – The European Union and Sint Maarten have over the years enjoyed cooperation in a number of development areas. The Head of the delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories, Ambassador Jernej Videtič, was on Sint Maarten earlier this week to get a firsthand update on the progress of the EU funded programs.
Ambassador Videtič discussed with Prime Minister William Marlin the EU’s development assistance programs in Sint Maarten and the Caribbean OCTs regional program. Under the 11th European Development Fund [EDF] Sint Maarten has been allocated €7 Million, which focuses on securing of water and sanitation. Under the 10th EDF the EU contributed €4.75 million to a project for the upgrading of the sewage, drainage, drinking water and road infrastructure in Dutch Quarter. Sint Maarten is managing on behalf of the Caribbean OCT’s, a €40 Million regional program on Marine Biodiversity and access to Sustainable Energy.
Ambassador Jernej Videtič met with Dutch representatives and French administrative authorities and conducted site visits in Middle Region and Dutch Quarter. He ended his tour of Sint Maarten by unveiling a plaque commemorating 9th EDF projects in Middle Region that contributed over €4 million to improve access to sanitation.
Source: Today SXM Ambassador Videtič reveals plaque in Middle Region