On Wednesday 22 April 2015, the President of the Territorial Council, Mrs. Aline HANSON, received for the first time in the Collectivity the government of Sint Maarten in full, led by Mr. Marcel Gumbs, Prime Minister.
It was during this protocol meeting to deepen the already existing collaboration between the elected representatives of the two institutions on the one hand, and between the technicians on the other. Although cross-border cooperation is already well underway, President Aline Hanson and her counterpart from the Dutch side, Marcel Gumbs, wanted this rapprochement between elected representatives and heads of services in order to implement a more dense cooperation In targeted sectors such as taxation and the possibility of harmonization of arrangements, the fight against social abuses on one side or the other of the border, the prevention and management of natural risks or cooperation In the area of protection of the territory (crime, health, etc.).
This historic encounter, although initially a purely courteous and formal one, was immediately found to be of interest as the elected officials discussed the issues common to the two territories. Wastewater treatment, coastal protection against clandestine trafficking, comparison of social data to combat joint fraud, joint management of natural hazards, unison work on health and education issues, topics of agreement Have been numerous.
President Aline Hanson and Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs were unanimous on their wish to intensify cross-border cooperation, especially since discussions are already well under way with the French state and Holland. The two elected representatives also welcomed the fact that they had obtained an envelope of European funds specifically dedicated to cross-border projects on the 2014-2020 operational program.