For many years, the leaders of the two sides of the island have wished to set up police cooperation to better understand the common problems of immigration, investigations, prosecution or checks. The parliamentary mission on Saint Martin, initiated by MP Gibbs last year, included the cooperation component in its five major recommendations for the territory. The Government has thus consented to entrust the Parliament with the task of examining this treaty of police co-operation between Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten. Daniel Gibbs, MP for Saint Martin and St. Bartholomew, who was the rapporteur for this project in the Assembly, took advantage of this bipartite meeting to formally hand over to President Aline Hanson and Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs the treaty Ratified the 19 March 2015 by the National Assembly, within the framework of a simplified examination procedure.
This Franco-Dutch agreement on police cooperation is therefore in force, it ratifies the conventions signed previously and establishes a legal framework for cooperation between the two territories.