In contrast with the article in the Daily Herald published earlier (see below), Koninkrijk.nu indicated that the decision to close bank accounts of clients in the Caribbean, will not be implemented immediately. They claim that Caribbean customers of ABN-Amro can keep their accounts for the time being. But according to the Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra, it is up to the bank to determine individually whether a bank account may be maintained.
ABN Amro sees Curacao, Sint Maarten, and the Caribbean Netherlands as countries with an increased risk of corruption or other criminal activities. Currently, there is a bill in preparation that stipulates that all Dutch nationals living outside the European Union must be able to have a Dutch bank account.
The Daily Herald wrote:
ABN AMRO sees residents of Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba as risky and therefore no longer wants them as customers. The five islands are considered by the bank (of which the Netherlands is majority shareholder) as areas with a high level of corruption or other criminal activity, reported caretaker Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra in a letter to the Second Chamber of Parliament in The Hague.
The bank makes an exception for Aruba, which is assigned a “neutral risk score.” Although people there cannot open a new account, existing ones have not been cancelled.
ABN AMRO has also suspended the termination of its relationship with clients on the other five islands because of a private member’s bill that grants Dutch citizens abroad the right to a basic current account in their homeland.
The Daily Herald.