Three-part webinar 'Perspectives on Kingdom Relations'

06nov(nov 6)11:4327(nov 27)11:44Three-part webinar 'Perspectives on Kingdom Relations'

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Monday 6 – 13 and 27 November 2023 | Online
14.00-15.15u. (Caribe) and 19.00-20.15h. (Netherlands)


The expertise centre ITEM, in cooperation with the Caribbean Tax and Europe Shop Foundation, is organising the third edition of the (online) Triptych webinar on Monday 6 November, 13 November and 27 November 2023:

‘Perspectives on Kingdom Relations’

In this third edition of the Triptych, Part 1 on 6 November will focus on the theme ‘Autonomy and the mutual arrangement’, and then in Part 2 on 13 November we will debate the European Union’s perspective on the Kingdom and the importance of the European Parliament elections in 2024 for the Caribbean Kingdom parts. In part 3 on 27 November, tax experts will discuss themes from the column collection ‘Fiscal perils’.

The sessions will be moderated by Mr Germaine Rekwest, president of the Caribbean Tax and Europe Shop Foundation. The webinars will take place on three consecutive Mondays (via Zoom). The start is at 14:00 (CAR)/19:00 (NL). The sessions last about 75 minutes. The language of instruction is Dutch. After registering via the link below, you will immediately receive the Zoom link.

The reason for the third edition of the Triptych is twofold:

The book ‘Capita selecta Caribisch Fiscaal Recht’ experienced a third fully revised edition in July 2023. This book is available through the webshop of Wolters Kluwer and can also be ordered through Bruna Curaçao. The following contributed to this book: Dr Germaine Rekwest, W. Geursen, J. Lanser, Q. Lont, S. Nabibaks, J. Roks, H. Ruiter and M. Aalbers.

The column collection ‘Fiscale Perikelen’ was published in August 2023. The collection contains almost 100 tax columns by Prof Dr Peter Kavelaars, previously published in the Antilliaans Dagblad. The columns deal with tax current affairs particularly relevant to the Caribbean Kingdom. The bundle is freely accessible via the Antilliaans Dagblad website.

Programme Part 1: ‘Kingdom Relations’ (6 November 2023)

State law aspects of relevance to Kingdom Relations are addressed through the following contributions:

  • Lecture ‘Autonomy and the mutual arrangement’ – Dr Aubrich Bakhuis
    Aubrich Bakhuis is a fellow at the Themis Institute of Governance & Leadership Foundation. He received his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2020 on the topic ‘Autonomy and supervision within the Kingdom of the Netherlands’. Aubrich Bakhuis is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Curaçao Dr Moises da Costa Gomez.
  • Dialogue Aubrich Bakhuis and Gwendell Mercelina, MP of the Curaçao political party PNP.

Programme Part 2: ‘The Kingdom as a whole is an EU Member State’ (13 November 2023)

Part 2 discusses the European Union’s perspective on the Kingdom and, more specifically, the importance of the 2024 elections to the European Parliament for the Caribbean Kingdom parts on the basis of the lecture ‘The Kingdom as a whole is EU Member State’ by Mr Wessel Geursen, external doctoral student at VU University Amsterdam where he researches the territorial scope of EU law, including in overseas countries and territories, followed by a dialogue with Drs Eduard Slootweg, former Head of House of Europe, The Hague.

Programme Part 3: ‘Fiscal Perils in the Caribbean Kingdom Components’ (27 November 2023)

Prof Peter Kavelaars’ column collection ‘Fiscale perikelen’ was recently published. To mark the occasion, Peter Kavelaars will provide an anthology from his collection of columns and then enter into a discussion with tax experts on some of the themes from his columns. The tax experts are:

  • Dr Jasper Korving (Maastricht University)
  • Hans Ruiter (Grant Thornton Aruba)
  • Tobias van het Nederend (Deloitte Dutch Caribbean)

You can register via this link.
Participation is free of charge.


Prof Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn (ITEM/Maastricht University)
Mr Germaine Rekwest (Caribbean Tax and Europe Shop Foundation)
Mr Sander Kramer (ITEM/Maastricht University)


6 (Maandag) 11:43 - 27 (Maandag) 11:44