There will be no joint audit office for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
That is the answer given by State Secretary for Kingdom Relations, Raymond Knops, to questions from the Second Chamber Committee regarding the Annual Report on Kingdom Relations and the BES Fund.
“The introduction of a Court of Audit function is important and necessary to monitor the efficiency and legitimacy of income and expenditure. Efforts have previously been made to set up a joint audit office. However, this has not led to fruitful results, partly because not all public bodies have provided members for this”, the minister said.
In addition, an island-specific approach is now preferable over a joint audit office. The scale of the islands must be taken into account. I am discussing the effective design of an audit office function with Saba in the context of the Saba Package to be concluded and with Bonaire in the context of the Bonaire Administrative Agreement. This is currently being worked out for Sint Eustatius.
It is also being considered whether a change in the law is necessary to set up an audit function for each island. Moreover, there is consultation going on with the Court of Audit, Knops says.