Bosman: Dispute Regulation alone will not solve issues | THE DAILY HERALD

Member of the Second Chamber André Bosman (right) during the plenary handling of the Kingdom Law proposal for a Dispute Regulation on Monday. At left is Chris van Dam.

THE HAGUE–The Dispute Regulation for the Kingdom will not solve the source of the majority of the disputes if the Kingdom Charter is not adapted and it becomes crystal clear who is responsible for what in the constitutional relations.

Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party stated this during the plenary handling of the Kingdom Law proposal to establish a Dispute Regulation (“Geschillenregeling”) on Monday.

According to Bosman, the limited definition of who carries what responsibility in the Kingdom is the basis for the disputes between the partners.

“A Dispute Regulation is not going to solve that. In the opinion of the VVD, the Dispute Regulation should be the closing chapter of all attempts that are available within the Kingdom to come near to each other.”

Bosman stated that the Dispute Regulation can only truly be effective when the discussion regarding the responsibilities within the Kingdom has been concluded. He acknowledged that a final ruling on that discussion could take a long while, and that therefore it was good to talk about a Dispute Regulation.

“We have been talking about a Dispute Regulation for many years and it is a source of irritation and disappointment. This is not the perfect solution for any of the countries. This is a compromise proposal,” he said.

Bosman made clear that the VVD was against a binding ruling by the third, independent party, the Kingdom Council of State. He said that this binding element of the Dispute Regulation could get the Kingdom into an “impossible situation.”

He said he was positive about the role of the Advisory Department of the Kingdom Council of State as the entity that will render advice in disputes submitted under the Dispute Regulation.

Bosman asked whether the ordinary citizen in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten found the Dispute Regulation to be of great importance. “Will this Dispute Regulation improve education or safety? Will it give the economic opportunities a boost? The answer will be ‘no’.”

Bosman questioned the role of the Dutch Caribbean Parliaments. “I conclude that the input of the Parliaments has been very extensive. The interest of the people of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten in the Dispute Regulation seems to be greater than the interest in education, the economy or safety.”

Source: The Daily Herald