THE HAGUE – The Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) will take place on 10 and 11 June 2020. Due to the corona measures, the consultation will be shortened and will largely consist of informal conversations via a digital video platform. During this digital IPKO, delegations from the Parliaments of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, chaired by the chairman of the standing committee for Kingdom Relations of the House of Representatives, Jan Paternotte, will speak with members of the standing committees for Kingdom Relations of the First and Second Chamber of the States General (Dutch Parliament) on topics that affect all countries of the Kingdom.
Agenda informal consultation
The central theme for this IPKO is the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects in the various countries of the Kingdom.
First, a presentation will be given in a public plenary section on recent developments per country. On behalf of the Netherlands, the chairman of the standing committee for Kingdom Relations of the First Chamber, Paul Rosenmöller, will briefly discuss the measures that the Netherlands had to take to combat the Covid-19 virus and its effects within the Netherlands.
After the plenary part, private subgroups will discuss the measures per country, best practices, cooperation in the Kingdom so far and the possibilities for further cooperation.
In three separate discussions, the focus will be on the past months, the short-term perspective, and the situation in the (medium) long term. A public plenary closing of the informal digital Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation is scheduled for Thursday at the end of the afternoon, with feedback from the working groups.