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St. Eustatius and Dutch municpality of Schiedam sign cooperation agreement


SCHIEDAM–The Dutch Municipality Schiedam announced on Tuesday that it will be signing a cooperation agreement with St. Eustatius today, Wednesday.

The cooperation agreement, which will be signed at the old City Hall in Schiedam this afternoon, will initially focus on social affairs, but it is very possible that the areas of cooperation will be extended in the future.

The fact that St. Eustatius became a Dutch public entity on October 10, 2010, resulted in several changes within the social policy of the local government. “The knowledge that Schiedam has in the social area, can be beneficial to St. Eustatius,” the municipality stated in a release.

Schiedam, a city of 76,538 inhabitants, expects that the cooperation will have mutual benefits. The city wants to improve communication with persons of the Dutch Caribbean living in Schiedam. It wants to make use of the know-how that St. Eustatius has in the communication with its inhabitants.

Statia Island Governor Gerald Berkel and Island Secretary Jan Helmond will sign the cooperation agreement on behalf of Statia’s Executive Council. Alderman Mario Stam and Municipal Secretary Jan van Ginkel will sign on behalf of Schiedam.

The signing takes place preceding the Caribbean Netherlands week in the Netherlands. Representatives of the Dutch public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be in the Netherlands next week for a series of meetings with the various Dutch Ministries.

The delegations will also meet with Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk in his role as coordinating minister for the Caribbean Netherlands to discuss current developments and the financial aspect of the relation between the islands and the Dutch Government.

Details on the programme of the Caribbean Netherlands week have not been released as yet. Representatives of the islands come to the Netherlands twice a year for a week of meetings. The previous Caribbean Netherlands week took place in March this year.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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