With Europe Calling! – Maastricht Treaty 25th Anniversary we are contributing to the dialogue about Europa. The programme aims to:

  • Greater involvement of the residents of the city and the (Eu)region in Europe;
  • Stronger cross-border cooperation;
  • Stronger international positioning of the capital of Limburg Maastricht;
  • Stronger positioning of the Government as a key as EU location.

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EU summit

December 9, 2016

We will be joining major players on the European stage to look back, but more importantly, look forward, while leaving space for dialogue and critical reflection. There will be a special focus on the Economic and Monetary Union, as well as on the social dimension and the EU’s democratic legitimacy.

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Generation Maastricht – YO!Fest

February 7, 2017

Generation Maastricht – YO!Fest is a political youth festival organised by the European Youth Forum. It will include debates, workshops, music, dance, theatre and sports. 3000-5000 young people from across Europe gather to exchange ideas about the future of Europe.

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EuropeCalling! Citizens Summit

May 6, 2017

A conference where you as a citizen, together with your neighbours, friends and other fellow citizens, get to discuss the future of Europe.This is your opportunity to make a difference and make your contribution to the development of this region and our continent.

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The calendar includes events arranged by a variety of organisers. The events will contribute to one or more of the programme lines of Europe Calling!
Items marked with an asterisk have been commissioned by or in association with the Province of Limburg or the Municipality of Maastricht.


First open consulting hour Grensinfopunt Maastricht

20 July 2016 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

From 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in the Maastricht International Centre in Centre Céramique, Grensinfopunt Maastricht (GIP), Holland Expat Center South and Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) will be on hand to provide expats and cross-border workers with a soft landing in the region, to bind them to the region and address problems with cross-border mobility and cooperation with a permanent solution.

Opening Maastricht International Centre

20 July 2016 from 1.30 to 5.00 pm

Three support offices are currently located in the centre, Grensinfopunt Maastricht (GIP), Holland Expat Center South and Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM). The centre provides internationals with a soft landing in the region, binds them to the region and addresses problems with cross-border mobility and cooperation with a permanent solution.

ITEM seminar: 'Recognition of Qualifications'

29 July 2016

Seminar organised by ITEM (Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility) on the recognition of qualifications. All ITEM events concern cross-border mobility and cooperation. The seminar will be in English
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Open Monumentday

10 September 2016

The Euroroute will take us past places and historic buildings that remind us of the European Council Summit of 1991 and the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. This route consists of a two-kilometre walking trail starting out from Market Square via the St. Servatius Bridge and the Céramique site to the Provincial Government Buildings, where the heads of state and government leaders met on 9 and 10 December 1991 in the banqueting hall. The Maastricht Treaty was signed in the Council Chamber of the Provincial Government Buildings on 7 February 1992. The Euroroute trail will be followed by a guided tour of memorable places inside the Provincial Government Buildings.

Congres European Evaluation Society

28, 29 and 30 September 2016

In 2016, Limburg will play host to the biennial conference of the European Evaluation Society (EES). Last year, this conference was attended by over 700 delegates of 75 different nationalities. The three-day conference will be held in MECC Maastricht in September 2016. The European Evaluation Society is an international network whose primary goal is to promote high-end quantitative and qualitative evaluation research for the public, semi-public and private sectors.

Opening of Eurolab (CityDeal with South Limburg)

4 October 2016

Official working conference on the Euregio Meuse-Rhine’s economic opportunities. Earlier this year, the Dutch State concluded a CityDeal with South Limburg to tackle problems related to work, housing, business and studying across borders. Initial findings have been promising, but real progress depends on cooperation – between The Hague and South Limburg, and within the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

CHEMI meeting

6 October 2016

Annual visit by a delegation from Paris-based Centre des Hautes Études du Ministère de l’Intérieur (CHEMI) to Maastricht’s Provincial Government Buildings. The delegation consists of senior French civil servants, for example departement prefects, army generals and police officials. The CHEMI delegation pays an annual visit to the King’s Commissioner and the Maastricht Treaty exhibition.

Douzelage Symposium

8 October 2016

Symposium on the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty and the future of ‘unity in diversity’ in the European Union at the Provincial Government Buildings. King’s Commissioner Theo Bovens will officiate at the opening. Various speakers will discuss the creation of the Maastricht Treaty and the current state of the European Union. Attendees will subsequently take part in a series of workshops where they will share their thoughts on how to tackle the EU’s problems.

Working visit by NRW State Secretary Eumann

18 October 2016

Marc Jan Eumann, the State Secretary of Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media for North Rhine-Westphalia, will pay a working visit to Limburg. The State Secretary will view the Maastricht Treaty at the Provincial Government Buildings and be informed about the ‘Europe Calling’ programme, organised as part of the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty.

European School Heads Association (ESHA)

19-21 October 2016

During its three-day conference, the European School Heads Association will hold its General Assembly. The conference will be held in the Theater aan het Vrijthof. Regional Minister for Education Hans Teunissen will officiate at the opening.

Congres European People’s Party (EPP)

20 October 2016

Preliminary consultation of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats). Speakers: Angela Merkel and Donald Tusk

International partner weekend, Generation Maastricht YO!Fest

21-23 October 2016

Three-day event at which all local, regional, national and European partners cooperating in the Generation Maastricht YO! Fest get together to work out the programme for the Fest, which will take place on 7 February 2017.

Tri-national meeting EMR/RMN

24 October 2016

The ministers’ meeting between Belgium, the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia will be held on 24 October. The meeting will mark the formal start of the EU project on “judicial cooperation on criminal cases”.

ITEM annual conference

28 October 2016

ITEM annual conference “Cross-border impact assessment – 25 years after the Maastricht Treaty”. Venue: Provincial Government Buildings, Province of Limburg.

Annual passenger symposium

5 November 2016

The Provincial Government Buildings beside the river Meuse will be the venue for the annual passenger symposium on Saturday, 5 November. Organised by passenger organisations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, this symposium will focus on cross-border opportunities and challenges in the area of public transport, such as infrastructure, ticketing and fares, with a view to improving cross-border accessibility. Transport is a means of achieving the goal of an open Euregio (and eventually an open Europe).

Ad Mosam concert series

9-10 November 2016

With Brexit still fresh in our memories, and 25 years after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, Baroque ensemble Ad Mosam will explore the similarities between cultural history and Baroque music in a series of two concerts. The programme will feature music of the Thirty Years’ War. 9 Nov., Maastricht, Dominicanen Book Shop; 10 Nov., Venlo, Domani

EURO Forum

10 November 2016

Seminar by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht on the impact of the Maastricht Treaty on public governance and administration.

OPZuid (Conferences)

23 November 2016

The Province of Limburg, the Province of Noord-Brabant and the Province of Zeeland participate in the European Incentive Programme for the Southern Netherlands (OPZuid). During a retreat day, representatives of these provinces will be conducting an interim review of the results achieved so far and comparing them to the expectations voiced in 2014. They will also be identifying the challenges for the remainder of the programme period. What must be done to achieve the pre-determined (or perhaps even more ambitious) aims?

'Where there's a will, there's no border' - citizens summit

26 November 2016

The Citizens’ Initiative Group “Where there’s a will, there’s no border” is organising a meeting for 150 citizens of the Euregio in association with Europa Direct, the Meuse-Rhine Euregio and the Dean of the Consular Corps. The participants all take advantage of the “free movement of people” and/or cross-border cooperation. The ideas advanced are intended to lead to an amendment of the Treaty on European Union.

Opening of 'Vastgelegd & Getekend' exhibition series

2 December 2016 – 24 february 2017

The exhibitions ‘Scherts’, ‘Vrijmoedig’ and ‘Ontgrensd’ consist of cartoons and photographs that take the changing face of Europe as their subject. The three exhibitions will run from 2 December 2016 to 24 February 2017 in Maastricht. This exhibition series, entitled ‘Vastgelegd & Getekend’ (‘Snapped and Drawn’ ), is being organised as part of the ‘Europe Calling! Maastricht Treaty 25th Anniversary’ programme. On Friday 2 December at 11 a.m., King’s Commissioner Theo Bovens will conduct the official opening ceremony at the Provincial Government Buildings in Maastricht, the place where it all began 25 years ago.


2 December 2016 – 24 february 2017

‘Scherts’ (‘Jest’) covers the entire period from the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and the founding of the European Union to the Euro crisis and Brexit. The cartoons in ‘Scherts’ show how the European project was subjected to ridicule from the very start. ‘Big ideas’ are often grounded in controversy, special interests and misunderstandings. The exhibition will be held in the Provincial Government Buildings.


2 December 2016 – 24 february 2017

‘Vrijmoedig’ (‘Candid’) will be held in Centre Céramique and features a selection of cartoons from the Four Freedoms 2016 Cartoon Competition, organised by the Federation of Cartoonist Organisations on behalf of the Roosevelt Foundation. Limburg-based cartoonist Ruben L. Oppenheimer received second prize in the competition. The exhibition consists of one hundred cartoons by 25 international cartoon artists. The Roosevelt Foundation is making the works available free of charge.


2 December 2016 – 24 february 2017

‘Ontgrensd’ (‘Borderless’) presents photographs of 20 exceptional situations along Limburg’s border, both past and present. Limburg is, after all, where the Netherlands joins the rest of Europe. The elongated shape of our province means that we share 351 kilometres of border with Belgium and Germany and ‘only’ 113 kilometres of border with the rest of the Netherlands. The collection was assembled under the supervision of the Impact Foundation and will be exhibited at the Theater aan het Vrijthof.

Citizens’ Dialogue with First Vice-President Frans Timmermans in Maastricht

8 December 2016, 20:00 – 21:15 pm (doors open at 19:30)

The First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, goes back to his hometown Maastricht for an open discussion about the past, but above all to look ahead at the future of Europe together with the audience.

European summit

9 December 2016

A monetary/economic summit for academics and EU administrators is to be held on this historic date 25 years after the European Summit. This summit has been organised in association with the Province of Limburg.

Special concert by the Southern Netherlands Philharmonic Schubert’s Ninth Symphony

9 December 2016

This concert by the Southern Netherlands Philharmonic is being organised especially for those attending the EU Summit. Kurdish-Dutch composer Hawar Tawfiq shares his vision of Europe today in his first great orchestral work, Unificazione. Combining Kurdish and western musical themes, his work is a contemporary rejoinder to Beethoven’s grand ‘Ode to Europe’ and an impressive musical statement.

Conference CEMR

12 and 13 December 2016

Conference of the Policy Committee of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions


National selection conference of the European Youth Parliament the Netherlands

19 – 23 January 2017

From the 19th till the 23rd of January 2017 100 high school students from the Netherlands and 50 volunteers from Europe will come together in Maastricht at the 17th national selection conference of the European Youth Parliament the Netherlands. During the conference they will discuss current topics linked to the EU. They will try to come up with a solution for this topics. At the end of the conference the solutions will be discussed at the city hall during a general assembly and the students will vote on the solutions. After the conference 16 delegates will represent the Netherlands in two big international conferences.

Regional round table Maastricht - student debate

21 January 2017

In the run-up to the Citizens’Summit on 6 May, Regional round table meetings will be held in the Dutch province of Limburg, the Belgian province of Limburg, Aachen and Liège. How can we improve Europe and the Euroregion? How can we bring Europe closer to its citizens? How can we make it more tangible? That is what we want to debate. In other words, this is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the development of this region and our continent. In preparation we ask everyone to fill out our online questionnaire: it constitutes the basis for the regional round tables. details >>


31 January – 1 February 2017

The EADTU is organising the first “Maastricht Innovation in Higher Education Days” (MID2017) in cooperation with the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL), Maastricht University (UM), the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), the city of Maastricht and experts from EDELNet and SCORE2020. Representatives of the higher education community will discuss the challenges and opportunities of internationalisation in higher education by new modes of teaching in  dedicated MID2017 Policy Forum. Topics of the days will be international course and curriculum collaboration, virtual Erasmus mobility, part-time study, short learning programmes and MOOCs. Weblink

Op weg naar het Lagerhuis

February 2017

“Op weg naar Het Lagerhuis” is the biggest public speaking competition in the Netherlands. About 200 schools take part each year. Fifteen preliminary rounds are held across the Netherlands in January and February, leading up to the final which is shown on the NPO 2 TV channel in the spring. This year, the debates will centre specifically on the 25th anniversary of the Treaty.

World première Southern Netherlands Philharmonic

2 February 2017

In his work Unificazione, Hawar Tawfic reflects on the status of the European Union today, from the perspective of a “new European”. Commissioned by Southern Netherlands Philharmonic and Theater aan het Vrijthof, he gives his own provocative, fresh take on our European identity and solidarity. He takes his influences from the wisdom of the Greek philosophers, the ethics of Christianity and the Enlightenment ideals of the French Revolution. Combined with influences from Kurdish and Western music, this makes for something completely new. The world première will take place exactly 25 years after the signing of the Treaty, on 7 February 2017 in the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht.

International Peace Conference

2-5 February 2017

The aim of the conference, organised by the United World College in Maastricht, which will be attended by young people from all over the world, is to bring together young people and peace organisations, draw attention to conflict areas in the world and provide an impetus for action. Prominent speakers, inspirational workshops and a cultural programme form the backdrop to these initial steps towards peace. website

Regional round table Liège

04 February2017

In the run-up to the Citizens’Summit on 6 May, Regional round table meetings will be held in the Dutch province of Limburg, the Belgian province of Limburg, Aachen and Liège. How can we improve Europe and the Euroregion? How can we bring Europe closer to its citizens? How can we make it more tangible? That is what we want to debate. In other words, this is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the development of this region and our continent. In preparation we ask everyone to fill out our online questionnaire: it constitutes the basis for the regional round tables. details >>

International MEP-conference Arnhem / Maastricht

4-12 February 2017

The six-monthly international edition of the Model European Parliament (MEP), a non-governmental and apolitical organisation, which aims to give young people from all over Europe the opportunity to form an opinion on European issues. This is done by providing European school students with a simulation of the European Parliament.

Guided tours in the Provincial Government Buildings as part of the Maastricht Treaty anniversary

5 February 2017, 2 – 5 PM

On 5 February, the doors of the Provincial Government Buildings will be open to the public as part of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., interested persons can enjoy a guided tour of the buildings where this historic event took place. Read more >

Cultural bustour Maastricht

6 February 2017

Get ready for the European party of the year! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Maastricht treat, YOUNG OFFICE brings you along on a Tour de Maastricht. Ahead of YOFest and the YOFest pre-party, we show you the cultural highlights of Maastricht. No awkward handshakes here, let us agree on having a good time while getting to know the city.

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IMPORTANT | The bus leaves at 2pm from the Boschstraat busstop (in front of the Pathé cinema). Make sure you are on time! For the bustour we ask a small fee of €2,50pp. In return you get a guided bustour taking around an hour showing you all the cultural highlights of our city.

PechaKucha Night Europe Calling

6 February 2017

19h – 22h in De Brandweerkantine. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and speakers talk along the images. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, the inspirational speakers, will a link their presentations to the theme of ‘Europe’.

YO!Fest Concerts

6 February 2017

Free concerts by Muziekgieterij, in cooperation with the European Youth Forum and Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) featuering the winners of the Emerging Band Contest: Callum Stewart, Climbing Trees and Effervescence. Muziekgieterij.

International Week

6-8 February 2017

The annual international theme week for students of the Faculty of International Business and Communication of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, this year’s theme being: “borders and removing them”. 

Generation Maastricht YO!Fest in Sphinxkwartier

7 February 2017

YouthUP workshops
A series of political hacking workshops on the themes of the YO! Fest (health, sustainability, inclusion, peace, rights and participation) collecting ideas of young people on their vision of the Future of Europe. Results to be presented and debated at the closing plenary of the YO! Fest.

Partner activities
Political discussions and debates, interactive and educational workshops, games and sports activities organized by the local and international organizations.

Human library
Visitors can browse the catalogue and borrow a ‘book’. The only difference is that is that in the Human Library, books are people and reading consist of a conversation

YO! Talks
Inspiring stories of inspiring people shaping their inspiring visions on the future of Europe

YouthUP plenary: The Future of Europe
The closing plenary of the event that will shape the Youth Vision on the Future of Europe. Decision-makers react to the outcomes of the YouthUP workshops and discuss with young people on the audience.

Closing ceremony


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YO!Fest Concerts

7 February 2017

Free concerts organized by Muziekgieterij, in cooperation with the European Youth Forum and Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) featuring one of the winners of the Emerging Band Contest: Efecto Venturi. Muziekgieterij.

Dies Natalis

7 February 2017

On Tuesday, 7 February 2017, exactly 25 years after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, UM celebrates its 41st Dies Natalis. This year the Dies celebration is organised alongside festivities in Maastricht for this ‘Europe Calling’ anniversary. In honour of the anniversary UM will award an honorary doctorate to the German President Joachim Gauck, whom Angela Merkel described as a ‘tireless advocate for freedom, democracy, and justice’. His record of pro-Europeanism led the University Council to his nomination. Mister Gauck will also deliver the Dies Lecture. Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will attend the presentation of an honorary doctorate to President Joachim Gauck of Germany. In keeping with tradition the Rector will award the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize, Dissertation Prize 2015, and the Student Prize as well.

Maastricht Monnet Lecture by European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly

9 February 2017

Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) is honoured to welcome European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly as a guest speaker in its on-going Maastricht Monnet Lecture series with a lecture entitled: ”Will the EU survive another 25 years?” Details

Regional round table Dutch Limburg

11 February2017

In the run-up to the Citizens’Summit on 6 May, Regional round table meetings will be held in the Dutch province of Limburg, the Belgian province of Limburg, Aachen and Liège. How can we improve Europe and the Euroregion? How can we bring Europe closer to its citizens? How can we make it more tangible? That is what we want to debate. In other words, this is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the development of this region and our continent. In preparation we ask everyone to fill out our online questionnaire: it constitutes the basis for the regional round tables. details >>

MEP International

11 and 12 February 2017

The Model European Parliament (MEP) is a simulation of the European Parliament for European school students. The MEP provides young people from the top years in secondary schools with the opportunity to gain experience of devising solutions to cross-border problems within the European Union. Playing the part of “European parliamentarians”, the young people are introduced to the complex process of European decision-making and gain an insight into the importance of collaboration between the different EU member states. website

Europe since 1989: The New Order on the Old Continent

14 February 2017

Philipp Ther will talk tonight about his award-winning book Europe since 1989: A history. It analyses the neoliberal turn of the revolutions of 1989, the major economic reforms, their effects on the post-Communist societies and the reverberations on Western Europe, in particular on Germany, which was “co-transformed”. He will go into “transformation from below” with a focus on various social groups, poor rural and booming capital regions such as Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Kyiv. Finally, bringing the story up to the present, Philipp Ther compares events in Eastern and Southern Europe leading up to and following the global financial crisis of 2008-2009. 8 pm, Auditorium, Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Theory of Knowledge Conference

17 and 18 February 2017

A conference organised by students of the United World College in Maastricht for secondary school students in Europe, in which existential issues are addressed and studies in a creative way.

Regional round table Belgian Limburg

18 February2017

In the run-up to the Citizens’Summit on 6 May, Regional round table meetings will be held in the Dutch province of Limburg, the Belgian province of Limburg, Aachen and Liège. How can we improve Europe and the Euroregion? How can we bring Europe closer to its citizens? How can we make it more tangible? That is what we want to debate. In other words, this is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the development of this region and our continent. In preparation we ask everyone to fill out our online questionnaire: it constitutes the basis for the regional round tables. details >>

Regional round table Aachen-Eupen

18 February2017

In the run-up to the Citizens’Summit on 6 May, Regional round table meetings will be held in the Dutch province of Limburg, the Belgian province of Limburg, Aachen and Liège. How can we improve Europe and the Euroregion? How can we bring Europe closer to its citizens? How can we make it more tangible? That is what we want to debate. In other words, this is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the development of this region and our continent. In preparation we ask everyone to fill out our online questionnaire: it constitutes the basis for the regional round tables. details >>

Saurus International Regatta

18 February 2017

A rowing race with an international character, organized by the student rowers of Maastricht at which participants from multiple European countries race each other on the Zuid-Willemsvaart. In the past editions rowers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were welcomed at this race and this year the European connections will be spread even further. On the shore you can appreciate the warm atmosphere of Limburg. While enjoying live jazz music, a craft beer tasting and refreshments from the various participating countries, you can watch the races from a heated tent. Get to know the most traditional Dutch student sport and meet students from all over Europe at the Saurus International Regatta! The day will be concluded with the big ‘Project SIR’ party at the clubhouse of M.S.R.V. Saurus. With the tunes of multiple DJs known from ULV and SummerDeejays, the international connection between European rowers and students from Maastricht will be celebrated. More information about the race and party can be found on and See you on the 18th of February!

The State of Europe, duo lecture

22 February 2017

On Wednesday 22 February a new series of talks, ‘The State of Europe’, starts at Bureau Europa. Stephan Petermann from OMA/AMO and David Mulder from XML Architecture Research Urbanism both give a presentation on the ways in which they ‘build’ on the ‘State of Europe’. Both agencies have been conducting long-term research into the European Union’s meaning, identity, and various modes of representation. Website

‘The Painted Bird’

9 March – 13 August 2017

Exhibition on the rise and fall of Europe. It consists of a continuous wall painting that covers all of the walls of Marres Gallery. The walls on the ground floor show the ‘European dream’, the nuclear family in a modern interior, a supermarket with unlimited products for sale, free education, health care insurance, nature reserves and summer festivals. Visitors pass a portrait gallery of Europeans to reach the first floor, where they see the opposite of the images on the ground floor: the ‘virtualisation’ of social life, political and administrative paralysis, and the sharp upswing in precarious lives. The final images consist of a panorama of the End of Days in Europe and the flight of Europeans to Africa and Asia. Muralist Gijs Frieling is coordinating this Gesamtkunstwerk, to which 18 artists will contribute. Visual artist Frank Koolen is responsible for the lively audio tour/soundtrack, which features anecdotes, music, animal sounds and local folklore. Website: and crowdfunding-action:

Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair, 10th anniversary edition

10 – 12 March 2017

Sint Janskerk. The International Antiquarian Fair exhibition coincides with the first weekend of TEFAF. MABP annually organizes a cultural side program on a subject related to the book and / or print. This year the program marks the celebration of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. During the fair a signed copy of the Treaty will be on display at the fair. On Sunday, March 5th, a public debate will be held entitled “Europe 25 years young or old/out” See

National Tree Festival

22 March 2017

With signing of The European Tree Treaty and the planting of 28 trees by the 28 EU ambassadors. Groene Loper A2.

The State of Europe, lecture by prof. dr. Mathieu Segers

28 March 2017

The second ‘State of Europe’ lecture by prof. dr. Mathieu Segers. In this series we investigate the condition of a continent. 8:00 – 10:00 pm. Language: Engels. Entrance: free. Location: Bureau Europa. Website

Monnet Lecture: EU Consumer Policy in Challenging Times – reasons to be optimistic? by Monique Goyens

30 March 2017

For the fourth Maastricht Monnet Lecture of this academic year, CERiM is pleased to welcome Director of the European Consumer Organization (BEUC), Monique Goyens, as a guest speaker.

As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 41 independent national consumer associations in 31 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer’ interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts. In January 2014, she has been appointed member of the TTIP Advisory Group set up by the European Commission, to advise the latter in the context of the development of negotiations with the US for the conclusion of a transatlantic trade and investment partnership.

With a lecture entitled: ”EU Consumer Policy in Challenging Times – reasons to be optimistic?”, Goyens will speak about the particular position of BEUC amidst the broader field of organised interests in the European Union (such as BusinessEurope, the ESF or COPA-COGECA). Against this background, the lecture will dive into what sets the BEUC apart as in the landscape of consumer organizations in the European Union and discuss how its role affects their engagement with EU institutions.

The event will take place on Thursday, 30th March 2017, 18.30-20.00 at the Aula, Tongersestraat 53 (SBE), Maastricht. Attendance is free and open to all but registration is requested through this form:

ELAINE (European Local Authorities Integration Network)

19-21 April 2017

Together with local authorities and organisations in Sweden, Denmark, Spain and the UK, the Municipality of Maastricht has been awarded European funding to organise international conferences on the main theme of “integration of migrants and refugees”. This collaborative venture is based on the EU’s ELAINE (European Local Authorities Integration Network) project. From 19 to 21 April, the Municipality of Maastricht will be organising seminars and workshops on the sub-theme of “health”. See also: Programma ELAINE Conference, website Gemeente Maastricht, website CJG043.

Royals Cup Maastricht

20-23 April 2017

The event will offer a mix between sport and recruiting events, as well as the chance to mix and mingle with other talented students from the best business schools in Europe. There are seven sports disciplines you can compete in. Just form a team with students from your university and sign up. Maybe you will be the one to bring home the prestigious Royals Cup.

Lecture: Europe’s Destiny by Prof. Philippe Van Parijs

25 April 2017

The European Union is the most ambitious and successful supranational political entity that ever came into being voluntarily in the history of mankind. Because of massive interdependencies — some of them pre-dating its conception and many of them greatly amplified as a result of its deepening and enlargement — the European Union must keep going, and it will. But because of the many problems of unprecedented nature and magnitude generated by its very success, it must keep changing, and it will. How? That is what we will learn in tonight’s lecture. Website

European Model United Nations Conference 2017

26-30 April 2017

The European Model United Nations is a role play for international students, which simulates meetings of major international organisations such as NATO, the General Assembly of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, the European Parliament etc. on specific themes.

Maastrichtse Componisten crosses borders

5 May 2017

AINSI  Lage Kanaaldijk 112-113 Maastricht

Crossing Borders, is the team of a special theatre concert organised by Stichting Maastrichtse Componisten. An interdisciplinary music performance, where music, games, scenography and lyrics melt together. A performance to celebrate 25 years of Verdrag van Maastricht by making a connection between the Music in the Euregion and the meaning of borders in the Euregion in past and present times.


Citizens Summit

6 May 2017


Schuman Lecture 2017 - Europe’s Pursuit of Peace: Past, Present and Future

9 May 2017
8 pm, Lecture Hall, Tongersestraat 53

Stella Ghervas, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mihaychuk Fellow 2016-2017 at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Associate of the History Department at Harvard University.

Since the Roman Empire, no political entity ever survived in Europe on such a large scale and for so long as the European Union. Yet it seems today that the EU is tottering on the brink of self-destruction. Now is therefore an urgent time to reconsider a founding principle that sustained the European construction so far and that might make or break it in the future: Peace. In fact, it is possible to trace a genealogy of concerted attempts at pacification of the European continent even before the Congress of Vienna (1815), attempts that continued undeterred with the League of Nations after the devastations of World War I, and were pursued after World War II and the Cold War. Spanning three centuries, this year’s Schuman lecture will examine a number of deep-rooted reasons why, in the face of all odds and failures, political leaders in Europe have been trying to achieve a peaceful unification of the continent, and why this pursuit is a never-ending process.

Maastricht Monnet lezing door voormalig minister van Financiën Griekenland

11 May 2017

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Cross Currents

13 May 2017

Muziekgieterij and Lumière – CrossCurrents is the newest, hottest festival in Maastricht. Initiated by Jazz Maastricht, we’re taking Jazz out of the box and filling the Sphinxkwartier with a combination of music, science, art and film. For us jazz is all about experimentation, connection, adventure and exploration. With the help of eight partner organizations we’re crossing genres and disciplines, to put together a completely different kind of festival. Transform yourself with a kaleidoscopic smorgasbord of grammy winning musical acts, surprising film+music extravaganzas, never-before seen science and art collaborations and the best young talent in the region. Its enough to get our heads spinning with excitement!

4th Edition Intratuin Duckrace Maastricht

14 May 2017

The second Sunday of May the small river Jeker turns yellow once again. In the park thousands of little yellow ducks are being set free in the water for the fourth edition of the Intratuin Duckrace Maastricht, an event organised by the Round Table 174 of Maastricht. Proceeds are being donated to several charities. Last year, the total donation was €40.174,-

Intratuin Duckrace Maastricht is a spectacular (plastic) duckrace across 300 meters through the beautiful park. The ducks battle in several races to win wonderful prizes for their ‘owners’. You can ‘buy’ a duck on

The whole day is a festival of all kinds of activities for young and old. For children, there is a playground, for adukts we have music, food and drinks. And of course the races itself, with the Business Race as the most colourful. For the full program, keep track of the website or like our Facebook page.

NVRD annual conference

17 and 18 May 2017

Every year, NVRD – the Royal Dutch Waste Management Association – organises its annual conference. It is the top waste management conference for municipalities, public waste collectors, consultants and cleaning and waste disposal companies. In 2017, the conference will be held in Maastricht. Theme: Boundless Collaboration. Boundless collaboration inside and outside government and across national borders. For more information and registration, keep an eye on the NVRD website

European Conference on Mobility Management ( ECOMM 2017)

31 May – 2 June 2017

The city of Maastricht and Maastricht Bereikbaar will work together on the organisation of ECOMM 2017 and this collaboration will be supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Hasselt University and Breda University of Applied Sciences. The first conference took place in 1997 and since then it has been held each year in a different European city. In 2017, the intention is to encourage the involvement of market players in mobility industry. The 3-day conference will take place at the MECC. It should attract approximately 500 participants, host more than 50 lectures as well as offer excursions and a cultural programme. The theme for the 2017 conference is Public-Private Partnerships in the field of smart mobility. Both government and industry benefit from the development of mobility services and enabling commuters and tourists to travel smart.

ArtTour 2017

2 June – 5 June 2017

The ArtTour is an annual three-day event in which contemporary art and cross-overs take centre stage in the city of Maastricht. Thé moment of the year in which almost the entire art chain will present itself to a diverse audience.

The familiar Open Studios & Open Door Days Tour going from the central spot of the ArtTour, Radium (Lage Frontweg 2A). New this year is The ‘No More Boring Art’ Project: an experimental art presentation in and around Radium with a collection of artworks, installations, sound art, video art, new media, art performances, and concerts. And many more, so let yourself be surprised!

BA European Studies

9 June – 10 June 2017

On Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June 2017, the 15th anniversary of Bachelor European Studies will be celebrated within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University.

The Friday session – ‘Reconnect & Reunite’ – will concentrate on alumni of the studies, who will discuss the theme: ‘Studying European Studies in times of crises’.

On Saturday – ‘Exchange & Discover’ – some 600 students, alumni and staff will discuss several relevant European topics, for example on integration and disintegration, the future position of Europe in the world, and new cultural faultlines in society.

Grote Gracht 90-92

The State of Europe: Indira van ‘t Klooster on the Identity of European architecture

15 June 2017

As part of The State of Europe lecture series at Bureau Europa, launched in the Maastricht Treaty’s jubilee year, Indira van ‘t Klooster talks about the European signature of the built environment. Van ‘t Klooster is the founder and editor of A10, a magazine and platform for architecture in Europe. Website

Re:Thinking Europe: with Philipp Blom & Kalypso Nicolaidi

28 June 2017

Two of Europe’s most influential thinkers, historian Philipp Blom and professor International Relations Kalypso Nicolaïdis will discuss the future of Europe. 2017 has already proven to be a crucial year for Europe, with the negotiations on Brexit starting off, Macron’s victory over Le Pen’s euroscepticism in France, and Wilders’ absence from positions of power in the Netherlands. Can we all breathe a sigh of relief, now that the populist spring has not come to blossom? Will the results of the last months offer Europe possibilities to reinvent itself? This event was organised by De Balie & UCM in the context of the Forum on European Culture (
Language: English. Tickets: €5,-, available through Boekhandel Dominicanenkerk and Universalis More information:

Oranje Zingt Zuid

1 July 2017

Markt – As an event organizer Connecting People is very important to us. Not only do we work with artist from Belgium and Germany, but also with partners, entrepreneurs and suppliers from these countries. We work together with students from UWC, as well as local organizations. We see the uncertainties and fears in Europe not as a threat but as a possibility and chance. Because Europe connects!

Europe Calling – France next door

6 July 2017

Every year the PEM Foundation organizes several events relate to the national day of France. PEM is
a Maastricht based foundation which aims to promote social cohesion within Maastricht as well as
raise awareness with regards to the cultural and historical perspective to both local citizens and
visitors. As from 2008 one of the main focus of the foundation is the organisation of the annual 14th of July
event (Quatorze Juillet a Maestricht) to celebrate the French national day. This year with the
celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, a series of events have and will be taken
place in the city of Maastricht under the umbrella of ‘Europe Calling’. Europe calling is an umbrella
campaign launched by the Provincial Government and the municipality of Maastricht in cooperation
with local stakeholders for the celebration of the Maastricht Treaty. Within that framework the PEM Foundation and Maastricht University are partnering in organising a panel discussion on Thursday the 6th of July 2017. The general title for the panel discussion is: “Europe Calling – France next door”. To view the full program of activities this year you can also consult

Quatorze Juillet à Maestricht: FRANCE NEXT DOOR!

14 July – 16 July 2017

9th edition Quatorze Juillet a Maestricht with a plea for solidarity for FRANCE is just next door
Townpark Jekerkwartier

IRONMAN Maastricht - Limburg

6 August 2017

Griend / Markt / Maas

One of the largest sport events in the world, will come to Maastricht again. This year on the 6th of August the third edition of IRONMAN in the Netherlands will take place. Athletes (professionals, but also amateurs) from all over the world are expected to participate in IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg. The athletes will compete in a tough triathlon. The 3.8 km swimming track will follow the river Meuse to the government building, a 180 km bicycle race leads through many beautiful sights along the way and finally, the 42.2 km marathon. The start, finish and transition zone are all in the historic city centre of Maastricht. It will be a spectacular race in which endurance will play a major part. The participants receive a medal with the European stars.

Come on, go outside!

10 August 2017

With pride, Stichting Laudio, Museum De Domijnen & Theaterwerkplaats Het Laagland presents the latest audio show called Come on, go outside! The world has become pretty intrusive; almost unavoidable screaming for our attention. Even in our own homes we are turned inside out and our ears are red from the screaming of inconsiderate insults and an endless flow of messages with little meaning.

Once, it was a conscious choice to step outside and explore. Those who closed the door behind them were prepared for an impressive world. Most of us defy the world not without a talisman. We feel naked without our bag. Whether it is a pocket, a handbag or a bag pack; it is a part of our self which is protected in a casing of leather, plastic or fabric. We might be outside, but we always carry an intimate summary of who we are with us, and it makes us feel save. 25 years ago we opened in Limburg the gate to Europe. You can’t know what it is like to be someone else, but you can walk in their shoes for a while. Come on, go outside! offers you that opportunity, with the installation of 700 used bags: Verbinding, de reis van 700 tassen, made by artist Miek Corten.
From the 10th of August, in Museum De Domijnen Historie & Archeologie, based in the inner city of Sittard.

This exceptional performance is for everyone who wants to use his or her ears to truly listen and let another safely in.

Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

30 August – 3 September 2017

The annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). The aim of the conference, which will be held in MECC Maastricht in 2017, is to exchange knowledge and integrate archaeology across Europe. Some 1,500 participants from over 45 countries are expected to attend the conference in 2017. The EAA meeting is Europe’s leading archaeological conference.


10 September 2017

Vrijthof and Sphinxkwartier

This year’s 22nd edition of ‘Het Parcours’ will be held on Sunday 10 September from 12 noon to 7:00 PM. Het Parcours invites theatres, theatre companies, museums, and other cultural institutes to give a sneak preview of their programme for the upcoming season. Amateurs and professionals alike will take to various stages and eye-catching settings in Maastricht to put on amazing performances and organize a range of activities. The theme of the 22nd edition of Het Parcours is ‘A borderless Parcours’. And we really mean ‘borderless’: the event will be spilling over Maastricht’s city boundaries and into our neighbouring countries, as well as those further afield. In the run-up to Het Parcours 2017, we were looking for arts groups in Limburg and far beyond. After all, art cannot be tamed and knows no borders. This year, our focus will be on the ‘Euregional’ character of the area we live and work in as well as the borderless nature of all forms of art that will be on show on 10 September. The borderless Het Parcours event will also be inspired by Europe Calling!


22 September – 24 September 2017



Though small-scale, this event is not short of dazzling talent and fabulous documentaries. You can also mingle while enjoying some delicious, artisanal food and drink in the cosy food garden. Listen to interesting speakers, documentary filmmakers, and guests. There’ll be fun for the kids, entertainment for students, and a workshop for professionals. Welcome to Docfest 2017! The festival that is synonymous with wacky cinema (small or large-scale), funny and engaging speakers, and music and performances in the coolest of settings. This is a celebration of beautiful, heart-warming, funny, emotional, poignant, or even provocative documentaries. These are real stories about real people, with documentaries that touch you, stories that are worth your time, and moments to share, understand, feel, and talk about. Two films will be shown as part of the ‘Europe Calling!’ event:

Les Enfants du Hasard: In the small local school of Cheratte, a former mining town near Liège, a group of students with an immigrant background are coming to the end of their primary school education with Brigitte, a dynamic teacher. Les Enfants du Hasard (Children of Chance) follows the children’s day-to-day life during their school year. Brigitte’s approach to teaching, inexorably linked to the neighbouring coal mine, enables the children to form their own identity in a changing world. The film documents their quest to discover meaning in life, depicting their uncertainties and compelling questions in light of recent terrorist attacks, and focusing on their hopes and vision for the future.

Clacton-on-Sea: How could the UK vote for Brexit? In the small coastal town of Clacton-on-Sea, barber Susan reflects on the major issues facing Europe, such as the migrant crisis, Islamic extremism, economic decline, and the United Kingdom’s position on Europe. Susan is one of the very rare female barbers, having been in the trade since she was fourteen. Speaking with her customers, she finds herself in a balancing act between her heartfelt commitment to her neighbourhood and her wariness of the unknown, reflecting a common conundrum in all communities in Europe. Her barber’s shop, which turns out to be a local hang-out, shows us the life of an average Englishman, unearthing his fears, anger, frustration, and hope for change. It offers a current portrait of the raw foundations of a divided country.

Rolf-Dieter Krause on Trust in media in Europe

9 October 2017

On Monday October 9th, Rolf-Dieter Krause talked at the City Hall Maastricht about the trade of being a correspondent in past and present Europe. As ARD-correspondent, Krause followed the birth of the Maastricht Treaty from a short distance. From his Brussels office and for over 25 years Krause would make the growing pains of the European Union visible for a broad public. There were over 80 attendees, mainly students from Zuyd Univeristiy, United World College and the Maastricht University.

In the afternoon of October, 9th,  there was a design thinking workshop powered by the European Journalism Centre. It was an in-depth workshop for a selected number of students together with Rolf-Dieter Krause in order to prototype trust in media.

The students from ‘Are we Europe’ interviewed Rolf-Dieter Krause on his opinion about trust in media in Europe. Please find the video here.

Congres European Public Service Award

20 November – 22 November 2017

The EPSA or European Public Service Award 2017 is the biennial award for the best, most innovative and most efficient performing authorities in the European public sector. All public administrations of all levels across Europe can participate in projects that have proven their value. So far, EPSA has gathered around 800 examples of excellent public management. Website

Jean Monnet Lecture by Alexander Stubb

23 November 2017

Three dates have shifted the tectonic plates of international relations: 1945, 1989 and 2016. Will the European Union be able to fill the power vacuum after the demise of Anglo-Saxon world?” In his lecture, Dr. Stubb will address the role of the EU in the context Brexit and the Trump Presidency, two events that have put the capacity EU as a global leader under scrutiny now and for the future.