EU Funds offer opportunities for Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, and Sint Maarten

December 19, 2023  –THE HAGUE – The Caribbean territories within the Kingdom are not fully capitalizing on the potential financial support available through the European Union’s 20 funds designated for the islands. 

The reasons for this underutilization include a lack of knowledge and awareness regarding EU funds, deficiencies in execution capabilities (such as proposal writing, project implementation, and limited collaboration among the OCTs), the intricate procedures of the European Union, and formal obstacles like mandatory partnerships or co-financing requirements. State Secretary Van Huffelen addressed these issues in a communication to the House of Representatives today. 

Pointing to the appointment earlier this year of Edison Rijna as a special envoy for the Caribbean Netherlands to handle EU funds, UN funds, and economic relations with Latin America, the minister emphasized, “Due to the autonomous status of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, the envoy has been appointed by me for the Caribbean Netherlands. If the countries express their interest, the envoy can also be engaged by them.” 

The envoy celebrated its initial success this month with the inclusion of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba in the EU project ’30 for 2030′. 

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