Tasks and responsibilities

The Representation of the Netherlands in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten has three offices in three different countries. Three countries that differ from each other but are all part of the Kingdom together with the Netherlands. The three offices represent and promote the interests of the country of the Netherlands and perform the following tasks:

  • Inform Dutch ministries, other governments and implementing organisations about the administrative, financial, socio-economic, social and cultural developments in Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten.
  • Advise Dutch ministries, other governments and implementing organisations on everything related to the relations between the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten.
  • Help prepare and supervise visits by Dutch ministers and official delegations.
  • Represent the country of the Netherlands in Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten on official occasions and holidays.
  • Maintain contacts and networks in the political, administrative and social fields.
  • Provide opportunities to connect citizens, institutions and companies from the countries of the Kingdom. For example by organising events, meetings, presentations and conferences.
  • Communicate and explain the policy and decisions taken by the Netherlands concerning Kingdom relations.
  • Coordinate emergency aid from the Netherlands in case of cross-island crises, such as natural disasters.
  • Carry out duties under the Electoral Act with regard to referendums, election for the House of Representatives and the election for the European Parliament.  
  • Sponsorship of social, public and cultural projects that stimulate good relations within the Kingdom (up to a maximum of 5000 ANG/AWG per project).
  • Monitor and interpret relevant media coverage.
  • Provide consular assistance to Dutch nationals registered in the Netherlands, such as:
    • Provide emergency assistance
    • Prisoner care
    • Provide information (for example about Dutch driver's licenses and passports) and refer to competent authorities
    • Issuance of DigiD activation codes and e-NIK cards, as well as stamping attestatie de vita forms of pension funds.