Future of Europe’ Conference a Resounding Success

On the 5th of November 2016, student organisation Maastricht Students for Liberty hosted their third regional conference, with the title: “The Future of Europe”. This conference was held alongside many other Students for Liberty regional conferences across all of Europe, and was held with the support of the Municipality of Maastricht under the ‘Europe Calling’…

Agnès Monfret visits Maastricht in the context of Europe Calling

As part of the ‘Europe Calling!’ event, Agnès Monfret, Head of Unit ‘European Cross-Border Cooperation’ at the European Commission (DG REGIO), today paid a working visit to the Maastricht International Centre in Centre Céramique. During a tour of the Centre, Monfret had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the unique collaboration between Grensinfopunt…

Mini-conference devoted to cross-border judicial cooperation

On Monday 24 October, a mini-conference devoted to cross-border judicial cooperation was held in the Provincial Government Buildings. Those attending included Ard van der Steur, Koen Geens and Thomas Kutschaty, the justice ministers of the Netherlands, Belgium and the German federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. The mini-conference is part of Europe Calling!, the programme commemorating the…

Opening speech King’s Commissioner EPP Summit

An Europe Calling! opening speech form King’s Commissioner Theo Bovens at the EPP-Summit in Maastricht on Thursday 20 October 2016 Your excellencies, distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen Welcome to this house of the Province of Limburg, the birthplace of the Maastricht Treaty. It was here in this room on the 9th of December nineteen ninety-one…

Europe Calling autograph book

Since Thursday, September 29th the official Europe Calling! autograph book can be signed. The King’s Commissioner Theo Bovens and the Mayor of Maastricht, Annemarie Penn-te Strake were the first to sign the book. “As a token of our respect, we would like to give those who participate in the dialogue about Europe the opportunity to sign this book”,…

The quarter life crisis of the European Union

When you become 25 years old you hit some sort of existential point in your life. You’re still young, though not as young as you might think you are, and are virtually standing on the doorstep of the rest of your adult life. But the realization that I might be getting old really hit me when I figured out the age of the EU. Or better: the European Union as we know it since the Maastricht Treaty. Yes, we can both celebrate existing a quarter century this year.