Friday 14th of April approximately 75 young people from Limburg had a meeting in the Provincial Government Buildings to debate the future of a secure Europe. This has been prompted by the 50th anniversary this year of the NATO headquarters in Brunssum. The young people, aged from 15 to 18, debated about NATO, security and Europe. During this pitch, they will be auditioning for a presentation about Europe and security, given by the generation born after 2000. The two young people making the best pitch will be invited to give their presentation during the NATO celebrations in Brunssum on 31 May. Their audience will include King Willem-Alexander, outgoing Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, General Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, and governor Theo Bovens.
The debate by young people on 14 April 2017 is part of the Province of Limburg’s Europe Calling! programme. The commemoration of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, 25 years ago this year, has formed the basis for a series of debates about the future of Europe.