BRUSELAS – Aruba y Corsou were placed on the so-called ‘grey’ list of countries labeled as tax havens according to the European Union. Both Dutch islands have until the end of 2018 to amend and or abolish tax laws, in order to be removed from the grey list. Being on a grey list means that at least the islands are cooperating with EU on making a positive change. A total of 17 other countries meanwhile were added to the EU’s black list, and include countries such as Panama, Barbados and South Korea.
ORANJESTAD – The criminal case where a former Aruba Labor minister Paul Croes is the main suspect, took shape Wednesday morning in an Aruban court. The fact that is was merely a procedural case, did not make it less popular. And it was obvious, as this was the first indication of what was to be expected of the case and more important, the legal future of the former minister. A procedural case is where all parties come together and fine tune pending issues, tie up loose ends, and set a date for the case to be treated.
ORANJESTAD – The Aruba government wants the Caribbean based DUCAPRO to ‘hold on’ on the june 1st introduction of royalties payments by local radiostations. Aruba justice minister Andin Bikker and Aruba Finance minister Xiomara Ruiz Maduro suggested the change and also considered the Ducapro move as ‘not elegant and rather intimidating’. Ducapro, the Caribbean affiliated royalties company acting on behalf of Canadian SoCan, plans to charge local Aruba radiostations royalties for music played. Radiostations protested against the idea, and where one even threatened to change its format into a ‘talk radio’. Both ministers plan to approach local attorney David Kock, the local DucaPro liaison, and ask for several clarifications. They meanwhile want Kock to hold on with the introduction next month.
ORANJESTAD - “ The Dutch Kingdom will evaluate the Venezuela election outcome, and decide then if they will recognize it or not”. This was the first reaction of the Aruba prime minister Evelyn Wever to NoticiaCla on the recent Venezuelan presidential election results. She merely mirrored the Dutch oficial reaction as foreign relations is a Kingdom issue, and is treated as such. Wever also confirmed that if investigations reveal election irregularities, the Dutch Kingdom would not recognize the results. On a more local level, Wever said that the Venezuela and Aruba are close neighbors and are far too important, for which she’d rather stay out of the internal Venezuelan affairs.
ORANJESTAD – After meeting with varios local Aruba produce vendors recently, Aruba prime minister Evelyn Wever Croes told NoticiaCla of the intentions of opening up the maritime border with Venezuela even before suggested date of June 6th 2018. Wever considered the request by the produce vendors as serious and called for a next meeting for this Thursday on the subject. The intention is to open up the border primarily for trade in fruits, vegetables and fish. Wever told this website that Venezuela still has to make good on promised to deliver the necessary documents needed to establish the ‘right way of doing business’ with Venezuela.
ORANJESTAD – The Aruba government plans to replace the current Aruba representative in the college of financial supervision of Aruba (CAFT). The only reason Aruba prime minister Evelyn Wever gave NoticiaCla Monday, was that it was time. “The LAFT law permits us to make changes and we will make those changes” Wever told the website. “She dismissed the idea that it was a political issue, and partisan move. “I want to refrain from that idea” Wever continued. “ Its just time”, she said. Party members however hinted that since the current Aruba representative Chobby Croes is a political apointment by the previous government, he is ‘politically tinted and biased’. The Dutch Government appointed Croes in 2015 as the Aruba member, when the college was put together.
KRALENDIJK/WILLEMSTAD – The courts in both Curacao and Bonaire Friday lifted embargos previously honored on request of ConocoPhillips. While the embargos were to be lifted, any payment on petroleum delivery were to be placed on special bank account until it was clear who the owner of the embargoed oil was, ConocoPhillips or PDVSA. The courts also ordered PDVSA to resume delivery of petroleum to both islands. Both courts determined that whilst ConocoPhillips was in its right to claim PDVSA, a commercial dispute between two companies could not disrupt a community because of gasoline and electricity shortage