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CC | Ministry of Finance reaches agreement with Capriles Clinic

WILLEMSTAD - The Ministry of Finance has reached an agreement with the Capriles Clinic, as announced by the ministry. The operational costs will be covered by this agreement. Further...

CC | Updates from the Dutch Caribbean’s Bird Monitoring Project

WILLEMSTAD - Last year the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) officially launched the project "Monitoring for Bird Biodiversity Conservation in the Dutch Caribbean." This initiative, supported by the Ministry...

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CC | Owner of Boka Samí Dive School claims government property as his own

WILLEMSTAD - Member of Parliament for the MFK faction, David Seferina, in a letter addressed to Minister Javier Silvania, stated that he has taken note of a situation where...

CC | Summer 2024: Slight decrease in flights to Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Travelers to Curaçao will experience a modest decrease in the number of available seats this summer due to adjustments in the schedules of airlines such as KLM,...

CC | Parliament: Sale of Ennia should relieve pressure on the population

WILLEMSTAD - The parliament wants Ennia to be sold as soon as possible to alleviate pressure on the population. This is stated in a motion from the parliament, which...

CC | Tariffs electricity and water as of 1 March 2024

WILLEMSTAD - The Government of Curaçao has announced an adjustment of the tariffs for electricity and water applicable as of 1 March 2024.  Download here the information about the tariffs that...

CC | HNO Committee not in line with Public Prosecutor’s report

WILLEMSTAD - The parliamentary inquiry committee Hospital Nobo Otrobanda does not align with the decision to file a report with the Public Prosecutor. Yesterday, it was announced that the...

CC | Trust offices and stakeholders barely involved in drafting new National Ordinance on Games of Chance

    WILLEMSTAD - Minister of Finance, Javier Silvania, faced strong criticism during a briefing from the Curaçao Trust Offices Union Foundation in Parliament. The draft of the new National Ordinance...

CC | Minister of Justice does not address specific recommendations from the Court of Audit on overtime

WILLEMSTAD - In response to the overtime report from the General Court of Audit Curaçao, Minister of Justice Shalton Hato does not delve into specific causes and recommendations. Instead,...

CC | Government initiates summary proceedings against ABVO and tax authority employees

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao government has launched summary proceedings against the ABVO union and around twenty employees of the 'bijzondere invordering' (special collection) department at the Tax Authority. This...

CC | Norway declines renewal of tax treaty with Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Norway has formally declined to enter negotiations with Curaçao for the creation of a new tax treaty. This decision follows Norway's announcement last year of its intention...

CC | Expectation of growth up to 27.8 percent of Curaçao’s gross domestic product

WILLEMSTAD - The gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 27.8 percent between 2020 and 2028, according to the report 'The Curacao economy in relation to other...

CC | Silvania receives a stern reprimand from the judge

WILLEMSTAD - Minister Javier Silvania of Public Health has received a stern reprimand from the judge in the case of a midwife. According to the minister, she was not...

CC | New gambling law in Curaçao: Player interests at stake

WILLEMSTAD - The recently introduced Landsverordening op Kansspelen (LOK), or Gambling Ordinance, has sparked controversy in Curaçao. The Stichting Belangenbehartiging Gedupeerden Online Kansspelen (SBGOK), which advocates for the rights...

CC | Eleven arrests during marcha di despedida

WILLEMSTAD - On Tuesday evening, during the Marcha di Despedida di Karnaval, the police made eleven arrests, as announced by the Curaçao Police Force. The age of the suspects...

CC | CASHA reports high occupancy rates in small accommodation sector in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Association of Small-Scale Accommodations (CASHA) expresses satisfaction with what they claim to be an impressive occupancy rate of almost 86 percent for small accommodations in...

CC | Operational launch of asphalt production at refinery set for late May

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao refinery is on track to commence asphalt production in a designated section at the end of May, according to Harry Sargeant III, CEO and founder...

CC | National Audit Office asserts Curaçao’s responsibility for governance within FKP

WILLEMSTAD - The National Audit Office has emphasized that the Country of Curaçao holds the responsibility for maintaining effective governance and oversight within the Foundation for Public Housing, Fundashon...

CC | Coast Guard rescues tourist from cruise ship after heart attack

WILLEMSTAD - On Wednesday, the Coast Guard successfully evacuated a 74-year-old American tourist suffering from severe respiratory problems and symptoms of a heart attack from a cruise ship. The...

CC | CBCS and Nederlandsche Bank to collaborate

WILLEMSTAD, AMSTERDAM - The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has signed a collaboration agreement with the Nederlandsche Bank. Through this collaboration, they aim to enhance their...

CC | Van Huffelen: Reason to remain optimistic – Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten

THE HAGUE - State Secretary for Kingdom Relations, Alexandra van Huffelen, intends to take stock of the implementation of the country packages when she visits Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint...

CC | 60,905 stayover arrivals in January to kickstart 2024

January 2024 arrivals recorded 27% increase compared to January 2023 WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Tourist Board is pleased to announce a substantial surge in stayover tourism, showcasing a remarkable 27%...

PBC | Nederlandse gokker vraagt faillissement Curaçaose goklicentiegever aan

Persbureau Curacao WILLEMSTAD – Een Nederlandse gokverslaafde heeft het faillissement aangevraagd van de Curaçaose masterlicentiehouder Gaming Services Provider (GSP) bij de rechtbank op Curaçao. De man verloor bijna € 800.000...

CC | Minister Silvania ignores Parliament and advisory bodies with gambling sector reforms

WILLEMSTAD - Finance Minister Javier Silvania is pushing through controversial reforms in the gambling sector without approval from parliament and despite serious objections from the Social and Economic Council...

CC | VVRP Minister rejects permit for Air Ambulance Services for Fundashon Mariadal

WILLEMSTAD - The urgent request from Fundashon Mariadal on Bonaire to aviation company Sarpa for an emergency permit or permission for ambulance flights has been rejected. This was announced...

CC | Minister Cijntje denies accusations of misconduct

WILLEMSTAD - Minister Ruisandro Cijntje of Economic Development (MEO) denies the accusations against him that he would have misconducted himself towards a security guard at an entertainment venue. The...

CC | Funds from Bientu and Campo Alegre still not deposited into the crime fund

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao's Crime Fund, designated for financing projects aimed at preventing and combating crime, is still lacking significant revenues. These missing funds include proceeds from the Bientu case,...

CC | Marnix VSBO in Rio Canario addresses bullying with theme day

WILLEMSTAD - To actively tackle bullying, Marnix VSBO in Rio Canario has taken the initiative with the project 'A Positive Spirit.' Led by Ms. Maricruz Faries, this project focuses...

CC | Concerns within PAR about the economy due to U.S. involvement with PDVSA

WILLEMSTAD - Partido Alternativa Real (PAR) has expressed its concerns about the consequences of the recent U.S. sanctions against Venezuela for ongoing contracts with the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA....

CC | Venezuela: Sanctions actions and supporting democracy

WASHINGTON - Actions by Nicolas Maduro and his representatives in Venezuela, including the arrest of members of the democratic opposition and the barring of candidates from competing in this...

CC | Evaluation report on COVID-19 crisis reveals shortcomings in Curaçao’s approach

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Pisas has presented the evaluation report on the COVID-19 crisis to the Curaçao Parliament, emphasizing the need for more reserve capacity and professionalization in crisis...

CC | Admission prices for Jeremí/Lagun Nature Reserve more affordable for local residents

WILLEMSTAD - As of today, the new access rules are in effect for visitors to the nature reserve around Jeremí/Lagun. Carmabi, the manager of this area, has decided to...

CC | Tax Collector accused again of favoritism and inadequate collection practices in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The tax department of Curaçao is once again accused of providing preferential treatment and inadequate collection practices for a group of selective taxpayers. This was the response from...

CC | Changes in fuel, water, and electricity rates in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Starting Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the regulated gasoline rate in Curaçao will increase, while the diesel rate sees a slight decrease. As of Thursday, February 1, 2024,...

CC | Allegations of forgery in Campo Alegre case unveil preconceived plan

WILLEMSTAD - John Loth, the legal representative of Wilshire Advisors Ltd, has formally accused Heiko de Jong, the chief public prosecutor, of forgery in connection to the Campo Alegre...

CC | Valient Lady for the first time visiting Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Valient Lady is the first cruise ship of the Virgin Voyages fleet that made its inaugural call to Curaçao on January 23. As it was the first...

CC | Dutch government to evaluate ENNIA agreement in coming weeks

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch government is set to scrutinize the ENNIA solution and evaluate the agreement in the coming weeks. State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen of Kingdom...

CC | Education remains a low priority for Cabinet Pisas II, according to Steven Croes MP

WILLEMSTAD - Member of Parliament for the opposition party PAR, Steven Croes has underscored a concerning lack of emphasis on education and youth in the budget proposed by Cabinet...

CC | CPA plans to double cruise tourists to 1.5 million annually

WILLEMSTAD - According to Raul Manotas, the Chief Commercial Officer of Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA), Curaçao aims for a significant increase in the number of cruise tourists to 1.5...

CC | François Simon appointed as the new director of SVB

WILLEMSTAD - Minister Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia has appointed François Simon as the new director of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB), despite objections from the corporate governance advisor, the Foundation for...

CC | Work on traffic lights at the intersections of Abraham de Veerstraat and Cas coraweg/Doormanweg

WILLEMSTAD - Public Works Service (OW) announces that starting Monday, January 22, the contractor DCG Services will carry out work on the traffic lights at two intersections, namely at...

CC | Traffic preference change at the intersection of Vondelstraat

WILLEMSTAD - Starting February 2, there will be a change in traffic preference at the intersection of Vondelstraat and Kaya Julio Martina. The Public Works Department (OW) indicates that...

CC | New General Practitioner Post at CMC treats nearly 2,400 patients in the first two weeks after opening

WILLEMSTAD - The brand-new General Practitioner Post (Huisartsenpost or HAP) at the Curaçao Medical Center (CMC) treated 2,367 patients in the first two weeks after its opening, of whom...

CC | Consumer interests Curaçao: “Motorists should have full access to accident reports”

WILLEMSTAD - Motorists and other road users involved in accidents in Curaçao should have full access to the damage reports prepared by Forensys, says the Consumer Interests Curaçao foundation....

CC | Chamber of Commerce and Industry Curaçao elects new Chairman and Vice Chairman

WILLEMSTAD - In its first meeting of the year 2024, the Curaçao Chamber of Commerce and Industry has chosen Mr. Raoul Behr and Mr. Ralph Ottenheim as Chairman and...

CC | Curaçao illegally extends gambling licenses

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao's Minister of Finance, Javier Silvania, once again violates the law by issuing and renewing gambling licenses through the Gaming Control Board (GCB), despite its legal inadmissibility....

CC | Judge: “Curaçao not obliged to impose a general ban on water disconnection”

WILLEMSTAD - A general ban on water disconnection, as demanded by the association Hende i Medio Ambiente (HiMA), is not supported by the Court of First Instance of Curaçao....

CC | Ministry: Old debts of subsidized institutions will no longer be collected

WILLEMSTAD - The Ministry of Finance has announced a new policy to support subsidized institutions with their tax obligations. Old tax and premium debts will no longer be collected...

CC | Curaçao Finance Minister Silvania warns against misinformation on gambling ordinance

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao's Finance Minister, Javier Silvania, has issued a statement in response to what he alleges is false information circulating regarding the Landsverordening op de Kansspelen (Gambling Ordinance). Silvania...

CC | Covid and Influenza in CMC

18 patients with influenza and 7 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized. It is important to note that the majority of these patients already suffer from chronic illnesses, necessitating additional medical...

CC | Government’s plan related to the increase in the price of basic goods

WILLEMSTAD - Considering the developments surrounding the increase in the price of basic goods, Minister Ruisandro Cijntje of Economic Development sheds light on the plans that the Government has...

CC | Queen Emma Bridge less accessible due to maintenance work

WILLEMSTAD - The Queen Emma Bridge is less accessible than usual due to maintenance work, as announced by the Curaçao Ports Authority. The bridge remains accessible to pedestrians, but...

CC | Action against illegal occupation and illegal construction in Brakkeput

WILLEMSTAD - The Surveillance and Enforcement Team of the Ministry of Traffic, Transportation, and Urban Planning (VVRP), together with officers from the Police Force, conducted an operation on a...

CC | Carnival season 2024 begins

WILLEMSTAD - The Carnival season for 2024 kicked off on Saturday at the Curaçao Festival Center. The opening featured multiple performances and parades. It was also announced during the...

CC | Maintenance and restoration in multiple nature areas

WILLEMSTAD - Stichting Uniek Curaçao has carried out maintenance and restoration work in several locations, as announced by the non-profit organization. In addition to the regular maintenance rounds in...

CC | General Audit Chamber Curaçao launches inquiry into APC financial statements

WILLEMSTAD - The General Audit Chamber Curaçao (ARC) has announced its plan to initiate an examination of the financial statements of the APC pension fund in August of this...

CC | Curaçao Prime Minister unveils plans for gas pipeline, PdVSA collaboration sparks interest

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas of Curaçao has ignited public interest with his recent announcement regarding the potential construction of a 'gasoducto' by Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PdVSA)....

CC | Communication from Minister Ruisandro Cijntje regarding the resignation of Board Members of Aqualectra

WILLEMSTAD - The Minister of Economy Ruisandro Cijntje says in a press release that he has taken note that certain confidential and technically related documents about the utility company...

CC | Crisis at Aqualectra: Commissioners resign due to mismanagement

WILLEMSTAD - Aqualectra, the utility company of Curaçao, is facing a severe crisis. Three out of the four commissioners have resigned as of January 1, 2024. They claim to...

CC | Giselle McWilliam criticizes Public Prosecutor’s Office

WILLEMSTAD - Giselle McWilliam from the opposition party MAN voices criticism against the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) and the current government. She asserts that the OM is becoming more...

CC | Government of Curaçao deems 2023 successful

WILLEMSTAD – At the end of 2023, the Pisas II cabinet presented a detailed overview of the government's achievements and challenges. From economic growth and tourism to education and...

CC | Digital seal introduced for Curacao licensed online casinos

New measures to enhance transparency and trust in online gambling WILLEMSTAD - In a significant move to bolster transparency and credibility in the online gambling sector, licensed online casinos in...

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