Do you disagree with a decision of the Fair Trade Authority Curaçao? If so, you may, in case of sufficient interest, lodge an objection or appeal. This is stipulated in the Curaçao National Ordinance on Administrative Proceedings [in Dutch: Landsverordening administratieve rechtspraak]. In case of an objection, the FTAC will review the decision based on your objections. In case of an appeal, the FTAC’s decision will be presented to the Court of First Instance of Curaçao.

Notice of objection

An interested party may file a notice of objection within six weeks after a decision. An interested party is a legal entity or individual whose interests are directly and adversely affected by a decision of the FTAC. Your notice of objection should be filed in writing at the offices of the FTAC. Furthermore, it should at least include the following information:

  1. the surname, first names and place of residence of the objector and, if the notice is filed by a proxy, also the surname, first names and place of residence of the proxy;
  2. a clear description of the decision against which the notice of objection is filed;
  3. the grounds on which the objection is based, including the objector’s interest in the decision;
  4. an indication of what the objector demands;
  5. signature of the objector or their proxy;
  6. the address for service process in Curaçao if the objector does not have a place of residence in Curaçao.

If possible, you should also attach a copy of the decision against which you are lodging an objection and other documents relating to the decision.

After submission of your notice of objection, you will receive proof of receipt and you will be informed about the subsequent processing. You may be invited to attend a hearing. The FTAC will make a decision on your objection within four months. This period may be extended by a maximum of thirty days. The decision on an objection is open to appeal with the Court of First Instance of Curaçao.

When handling objections, FTAC follows the procedure as indicated in Article 54 up to and including 69b of the National Ordinance on Administrative Proceedings. FTAC does not have an advisory committee as indicated in Article 70.