Civil servants studied EU funding possibilities for country Sint Maarten

PHOTO CUTLINE: Group photo of participants from Sint Maarten and other countries.

Several civil servants from the civil service corps of country Sint Maarten participated in a seminar recently in Berlin, Germany with respect to European Union (EU) funding sources and opportunities.

The group of six civil servants attended the course at the European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law.


The current architecture of European Funds and direct grants offers a wide range of funding opportunities to support innovative projects, to EU countries.

However, funding is often not used effectively or it may be denied due to poor planning. Although numerous programs and initiatives have different features, the development and implementation of projects in practice follow common rules.

In an effort to provide the necessary training to potential applicants, the EU are providing a specific Master Course program to all persons involved in EU funding.

At the end of the program participants, are prepared for the various components of acquiring EU funding and successfully managing the project as per EU regulations.

Those participated on behalf of country Sint Maarten included Soraya Agard, Policy Advisor, Education Department; Perry Geerlings, Director of the Cabinet of Sint Maarten’s Minister Plenipotentiary in the Hague; Lucy Richardson, Head of Department Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunication, Leona Romeo-Marlin, Head of the Civil Registry Department; Veronica Jansen-Webster, Project Manager, BAK; and Carol Voges Head of Finance and Economic Affairs, Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten.