In a recent St. Maarten case, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that citizens of the United States can live and work on the island of St. Maarten without requiring a work permit. This right is derived from the American-Dutch Friendship Treaty of 1956 (which is also applicable to St. Maarten and the other former Dutch Antilles) and allows American citizens the same rights and benefits accorded to Dutch citizens.
In this article
, dated July 2013, we reported on increased activities between Curacao and Suriname, which was evidenced, for instance, by negotiations between the two countries on two treaties in the making. One of the treaties deals with the Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgment and Authentic Acts (notarial deeds) in Civil Matters, while the other treaty under negotiation is a tax treaty, which sees on avoiding double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion on income and capital. So far, these treaties have not come into existence.
In this follow-up article, we discuss a third treaty, being the Treaty on the Reciprocal Protection of Investments between the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the Republic of Suriname, which is already in force and was entered into on 31 March 2005.
On 20 November, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne organized the annual Day of the Supervisory Board in Curacao. Over 50 participants attended presentations of four speakers:
- Frank Kunneman – Quid pro quo: the wondrous ways of the (badly?) paid supervisor
- Kimberley de l’Isle – The legal position of the supervisor
- Robbert Kroon – Towards an effective board
- Wendell Meriaan – De fiscale aspecten van de honorering van de toezichthouder
The presentations can be downloaded here
(in Dutch). The presentations were followed by an animated Q&A- and discussion round, of which an extract can be downloaded here
VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and The Galan Group have organized the Day of the Supervisory Board on Curacao for some years now. In cooperation with the Bonaire Holding Maatschappij, this concept was introduced to Bonaire on Friday 17 October as well. With over 50 participants, this first edition was fully booked.
On 28 November, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne organized the Day of the Supervisory Board in cooperation with The Galan Group and Linkels & Partners. With over 60 participants and a lively panel discussion, the Day was a succesful edition of the annual event. Robbert Kroon (The Galan Group) acted as moderator and introduced six keynote speakers: Nelson Navarro (Minister of Justice) opened the day, followed by presentations by Donald de Palm (Advisor Corporate Governance), Mike Willem (president Evaluation Committee Corporate Governance), John Soliano (director Bonaire Holding Maatschappij), Harald Linkels (Linkels & Partners) and Frank Kunneman (VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne). The five presentations that were held during this day can be downloaded on our website now.
In Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, new legislation is currently being developed in order to regulate the production and distribution of electricity and drinking water. With this new legislation, the government aims to realize reliable, affordable, sustainable and high-quality service that is guaranteed for all consumers. On 1 November, the consultation phase in this regard was closed, and VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has contributed with a reaction to the draft act.
As per 1 October 2013, the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has come into effect in Curacao. This legislation, and the existing privacy legislation on other islands within the Dutch Caribbean as well, influence your business. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is happy to update you on the essential implications of this legislation. For this purpose, we’ve created a dedicated mini website
, and we organize a seminar
on this topic on 12 November.
The relationship between Curacao and Suriname is a historical one. Both countries are former colonies of The Netherlands. Both countries also have the Dutch language as a main language and the legal systems of both jurisdictions are based on the same principles.
Does Curaçao have oil and gas in its seabed? This question has given rise to heated political debates several times during the past years. All this has also been the reason why legislation on this topic is being drafted at present, namely the Petroleum National Ordinance. This article is the third in a series of articles that discuss a number of topics related to the Petroleum National Ordinance, which is now in the preliminary stage.
Does Curaçao have oil and gas in its seabed? This question has given rise to heated political debates several times during the past years. All this has also been the reason why legislation on this topic is being drafted at present, namely the Petroleum National Ordinance. This article is the second in a series of articles that discuss a number of topics related to the Petroleum National Ordinance, which is now in the preliminary stage.