In April 2010 proved possible to reach an agreement with the ExecutiveCouncil of Bonaire regarding the division of government tasks between theIsland Government and the Netherlands and regarding some other issues.This was reflected in a policy agreement. The agreements reached withBonaire concerning the division of tasks are in line with the agreements thatwere reached before with the Executive Councils of Sint Eustatius and Saba.
It was a good thing that the fall of the Cabinet in February 2010 did notcause delays in the effecting of the laws for the constitutional reform of theNetherlands Antilles. You were given consent by the Lower and UpperHouse (Tweede en Eerste Kamer) for the organic BES laws and theConsensus Kingdom Acts. After the summer recess still, several specificlaws will be handled by Parliament.Time is becoming of the essence since it is the intention that these laws enterinto force on January 1, 2011. This applies specifically to the fiscallegislation. Public island officials, entrepreneurs and individuals haveexpressed their concerns to me regarding the current lack of clarity in thefiscal field. Five months before the end of the year, it is unknown whichfiscal regulations will have to be taken into account in the new year. I sharethese concerns and hope that the required clarity can be given soon.
The set up of the Regional Service Center, the organization of the Dutchgovernment on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, is in full swing. The RSCrenders services to Dutch departments in the fields of personnel, finance,ICT, facilities (including housing) and communication to the DutchDepartments. After all, considering the small scale of the three islands it isnot efficient to implement these tasks separately per Ministry.The point of departure is that all departments utilize the RSC and that thecosts will be passed on. Up till January 1
2011, the generic costs will be forthe account of the Ministry of The Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK).After that, costs will be passed on based on an allocation formula. Based ona product and service catalogue, the RSC will reach service level agreementswith the Departments.The RSC will be directed by BZK, while the other Ministries – associated ina council of principals – will have an advising role.