Your Questions. Answered.

Note: A complete copy of this letter can be downloaded here.

Dear UENL Community Members,

First, on behalf of the United Expats of the Netherlands Stichting, I want to thank every single individual that has contributed to our efforts. You have shared your stories, you have sent us ideas, you have helped our video go viral, you have joined us at Parliament, and just recently, many of you have contributed to our GoFundMe campaign so that we can continue the fight. We appreciate everything you have done to help us fight.

We understand that many of you are disappointed and frustrated with the Government’s budget proposal that was announced on 18 September. We share this feeling. As volunteers on this Council, we are giving our time and energy because we truly believe that omitting a transition period is – quite simply - unfair. We believe this issue is worth the fight. We have spent the past few months practicing diplomacy, and while doing so, have done our utmost to ensure that our efforts were fully transparent with all of you. We have relied on trusted advisors to help guide our decisions, and we have relied on the talents and expertise that are abundant among the NL expat community. But still, the budget proposal did not include a transition period.

Now what?

As we announced in early September, we are not done yet. We have spent most of the summer months planning for the so-called “Plan B”, and thanks to the incredible support of the NL expat community, we are putting Plan B into place. Specifically, we are currently signing final contracts with our legal team so that we can formally commission a legal opinion to identify whether this proposed legislation is legal. We have reason to believe it is not. We anticipate that this legal opinion will be completed around 15 October, and plan to use this legal opinion during the upcoming Parliamentary debates.

Of course, with so much ‘on the line’ for members of our community, we understand that individuals have questions about our strategy and next steps. These questions are important, reasoned, and fair. As a Council, we continue to believe in transparency and want to ensure that your questions are consistently answered. To that end, starting today, we will be launching an FAQ section on our website that we will consistently update. In this way, we can best manage the influx of emails, messages, and social media posts that we receive while ensuring that our community has a clear sense of strategy and procedures in the weeks ahead. To start, in this letter, we are addressing the top 8 questions that we have received since the budget announcement on 18 September. We hope that our responses may remove any confusion or concerns, and of course, welcome your feedback.

Finally, let me just say that we do not take your trust for granted. Each member of the council is personally affected by this lack of transition period, but we are motivated by more than our personal situation – we are motivated by the trust so many of you have placed in us. We will do our utmost to maintain your trust.

 

On behalf of the UENL Council,

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

UENL Stichting

jessica@unitedexpats.nl

UENL & Social Media

Dear UENL Community Members,

As our efforts and numbers increase, as is common with social media, so do the number of people who may wish to divide and distract the group.

In recent weeks, we have seen a large increase in fake accounts asking to join, comment, or soliciting participation in some way in our Facebook space. We do our best to identify these potential fake accounts, but as a small volunteer council, we may miss these as we focus on our efforts at hand.

We encourage you to interact with one another, and acknowledge that there may be other strategies than our approach. That said, please exercise reasonable caution when interacting, joining, or contributing to these people or groups. Read the details, ask questions, verify the legitimacy of the individuals or groups.

UENL is a registered legal stichting. We one active GoFundMe page (https://gofundme.com/30rule) and all communications come from this website and/or are posted on our new Stichting Facebook page.

If at any time you have questions about whether an event, fundraiser, or post represents UENL, please email us right away. We can be reached via the contact form on our website.

Council Meeting Update

DATE: 8 September 
TOPIC: IMPORTANT Council Meeting Update

Over the next 10 days, as a Council, we will continue our efforts to encourage the government to include transitional regulation for the 30Rule in the 2019 budget. However, if we are not successful, we need a plan. This was a big point of conversation with the Council, and we finalized our steps at our meeting. This leads us to 2 important announcements:

ANNOUNCEMENT 1 
As a Council, we have agreed that - if there is no transitional measures - we would like to commission a legal opinion that we can use in the months ahead, particularly for the Eerste Kamer (who will have to approve budget). We will be announcing a GoFundMe page soon so that, together, we can fund this legal opinion. We have already spoken with potential law firms, drafted an RFP for services, and are awaiting formal quotes. All of this is to ensure that IF the budget announcement does not go our way, we have a ready-to-go action plan that can help us facilitate our next steps with the Eerste Kamer.

ANNOUNCEMENT 2
In addition (yes, there’s more), in preparation for this legal opinion - and in thinking ahead about UENL’s future - we are proud to announce we are now officially the UENL Stichting. This means we have also opened a business account for all of our financial holdings and are are finalizing our formal bylaws. In the coming weeks, our web content and other public spaces will be updated to reflect this change. Transparency will continue to be at the heart of what we do. Forming a stichting required a good deal of paperwork, and certainly was not a speedy process, but we believe it is the right direction for the group.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW?
Stay updated. Follow our website, Twitter, Facebook. We will announce the GoFundMe page soon (w details on the legal opinion) and will continue to update members on any possible action points. You can always email me directly as well (jessica@unitedexpats.nl). I respond to every message I receive.

Also, while I know that we are hearing rumors that there will be no transitional measures, there is still a lot of changes occurring in the budget. We will not know anything for certain until 18 September. And if things do not go our way, I hope you take some comfort in knowing Plan B will be ready to go.

On behalf of your UENL *Stichting*, thank you for your continued support in our efforts. This is about all of us