The Hague, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander met with the Ombudsman of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon, 30 October, 2019. It was the first time that the Ombudsman had a joint conversation with the King. The interview was part of King Willem-Alexander’s visit to the National Ombudsman in The Hague. Since October 10, 2010 the National Ombudsman is also the Ombudsman of the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES)).
King Willem-Alexander Informed
National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen, Ombudsman of Curaçao Keursly Concincion and Ombudsman of Sint Maarten Gwendolien Mossel informed the King of the developments in their country. They discussed the relationship between citizens and government and the challenges they observe. They also explained the role of their institution and the way in which they assist the residents in their respective countries with complaints against government.
The Ombudsman of Sint Maarten also informed the King of the recently finalized report entitled: ‘Home Repair. A revelation of a social crisis’. The King was also provided with a copy of the report as well as the complementary short film. Ms. Sahaira Kelly was present on behalf of Aruba during the conversation with the King. She is preparing the establishment of the Ombudsman Bureau on Aruba.
The Ombudsman of the Kingdom of the Netherlands meet annually. They discuss developments within the Kingdom and exchange knowledge and experience. Their last meeting was in January 2019.
The Ombudsman listens, investigates, and recommends
Government to act on the concerns of the people
The Ombudsman is the Voice and Protector of the People!