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Authority for Consumer and Markets

What is ACM?

The Netherlands Authority for Consumer and Markets (ACM) is part of the Dutch central government. As independent regulator, we make sure that businesses in the Netherlands compete fairly with each other, and we protect the interests of consumers.

On the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, other laws than those in the European part of the Netherlands apply. With regard to ACM, specific laws for the following sectors apply to the Caribbean Netherlands:
  • the supply of electricity and drinking water;
  • the telecommunication sector;
  • the postal services sector.

PDF fileBES Electricity and Drinking Water Act

ACM in the media:
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Contact:

Do you have any questions for us? You can call or email us.

Laurens Jörg
Phone: +599 715 83 83
Mobile: +599 781 02 81 or +31 6 310 35 837
Email: Laurens.Jorg@acm.nl

Marga Buys-Trimp
Phone: +599 715 85 08
Mobile: +599 781 00 84 or +31 6 310 35 865
Email: Marga.Buys-Trimp@acm.nl

Who are the people of ACM on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba?

Laurens Jörg (legal counsel) is an accomplished lawyer. He and his family have lived on Bonaire since late-2015. To Laurens, cooperation is the key in his new position: “Working together with the people of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will offer plenty of opportunities to get to know each other better, and to help each other reach their goals. Each of these three islands are obviously completely different from the other two. That is why we wish to be in close contact with everyone: individuals and businesses. That is the only way we will be able to get a clear picture of the local situation, which, in turn, allows us to do our job well. That is a daunting challenge, one that truly inspires me.”
Laurens has worked at ACM since 2009, and has held several positions. Prior to ACM, he worked at a specialized administrative-law tribunal for over eight years, and he was associated with Utrecht University.



Marga Buys-Trimp (Regulatory expert) is an experienced econometrician. She and her family has lived on Bonaire since mid- 2015.
Marga had been involved with the Act on Electricity and Drinking Water on BES (in Dutch: Wet Elektriciteit en Drinkwater BES) from the start: “I’m fully aware of the fact that the local situations on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are completely different from the situation in the European part of the Netherlands. What are reasonable tariffs? How can we keep the electricity companies and drinking water companies financially healthy? I’m up for the challenge to put this law into practice together with everyone involved. Each of us obviously have different objectives, but I would like to find out where we can find common ground. Because, in the end, everyone will benefit if the supply of electricity and drinking water, as well as the regulation of the postal services and telecommunication sectors are well-organized.” Marga has worked at ACM since 2008, and has held several positions. Prior to ACM, she worked as consultant in the corporate sector.
 
Together they will work on the enforcement of the specific law that applies to the Caribbean Netherlands concerning the supply of electricity and drinking water.

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Eilandgids Caribisch Nederland (PDF)Blog Rv