Central Committee to discuss Democratic Deficit, GB-3

POSTED: 03/29/11 2:50 AM

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will be meeting twice on Wednesday in the General Assembly Chamber of Parliament in the former Caribbean Palm building.

 The first meeting at 9:00 a.m. will discuss the concept advice related to the report, Choose for the Kingdom (Kiezen voor het Koninkrijk) and what are the next steps that need to be taken. The report discusses the democratic deficit within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was made by the Commission Democratic Deficit and presented in November 2009. The Commission, led by former Deputy Minister Plenipotentiary Mavis Brooks-Salomon, reviewed the role of the Kingdom Council of Ministers, the decision making process and how this can be monitored and controlled. The establishment of the Commission came out of a meeting held in June 2008 comprising of Kingdom parliamentarians discussing future Kingdom Relations.

The second agenda point for the morning meeting is the advices coming out of the Presidium meeting with respect to the positions of Parliamentary Clerk and 1st Deputy Clerk.

 On Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., the Central Committee will meet with Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Rhoda Arrindell on her project “Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy.” This meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber of Parliament.

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