The Inter Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) is a meeting that takes place twice a year where delegations from the Parliaments of the four countries within the Kingdom meet and discuss a number of issues such as energy, health care, integrity, education, etc. The meeting in January is always hosted by one of the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom whilst the meeting in June is hosted by the Netherlands.
The intention of these meetings is to discuss issues that are of common interest or affect the populations of the countries in one way or the other. In addition to that it is a good opportunity for the parliamentarians to meet their peers from the other countries to establish that personal contact. Preparations for these meetings start sometimes months in advance and technologies like video conferencing are used for such.
The last IPKO took place in the Hague, the Netherlands from June 25-28, 2019. The next IPKO will be held in Curaçao from January 7-10, 2020.
At the end of each IPKO, a list of agreements is signed by the delegation leader of each delegation. Throughout the year the execution of the agreements made are monitored by each country.
The three Caribbean countries of the Kingdom, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, meet every so often in a Tripartite meeting to discuss issues of common interest. These meetings can be held in any of the three countries.
The last Tripartite was held in the Hague, the Netherlands on June 24, 2019. The next Tripartite will be held in Curaçao on January 6, 2020.
The last Contact Plan consultations were held in 2009 between the representatives of the National Assembly of Suriname, the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles and the Parliament of Aruba.
In February 2019 a delegation from the Parliament of Sint Maarten traveled to Suriname to participate in parliamentary discussions between delegations from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Suriname. One of the main topics on the agenda was the restart of the Contact Plan. At the end of these consultations not only a final declaration was signed, but also a draft Contact Plan in which the consultations are rekindled. Both documents were ratified by the Parliament of Sint Maarten on May 14, 2019. It is the intention that these meetings are held in any of the four countries at least once a year, in the second quarter of the year.
The last Contact Plan meeting was held in Suriname on February 9-14, 2019. The next Contact Plan meeting will be held in the second quarter of 2020 in one of the countries.