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Limburg is one of the Netherlands’ 12 provinces. Situated between Belgium and Germany, the Region is dominated by borders. Long, tall Limburg has 351 km of borders with other countries and is connected to the rest of the Netherlands by just 113 km. It’s not surprising that Limburgians have traditionally looked further than the borders and have worked, studied or shopped in...

Join in the discussion about Europe’s future

As a resident of the Euregio, would you like to join in the discussion about Europe’s future? Then take part in the Europe Calling! Citizens’ Summit on 6 May in the Provincial Government Buildings in Maastricht. During this event, you will be able to discuss the Europe you want for future generations with your neighbours, friends and other fellow residents. The Europe Calling! Citizens’ Summit is an initiative of the Meuse-Rhine Euregio, the Province of Limburg and the municipality of Maastricht.

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The Maastricht Treaty, the foundations of present-day Europe, was signed 25 years ago. The Europe of the future is now in doubt: How can we improve Europe and the Euregio? How can we bring Europe closer? How do we make it more tangible? At the Europe Calling! Citizens’ Summit, we will be debating this with each other, with other members of the public and with politicians who will be there to listen to what is really going on. Euro MPs from the Euregio, the link between Brussels and the residents of the Euregio, will be present during the Citizens’ Summit. It will be the perfect opportunity to exchange opinions on Europe!

 

In the second part of the afternoon we will be focusing on the Euregio. What do we expect from it, what has to change, but also: what initiatives will you undertake yourself? We will also be looking back on the regional round tables that were organised in the run-up to this Citizens’ Summit. At these round tables, residents of various cities in the Euregio discussed how they saw the future for Europe. The input from these meetings has been used in the organisation of this Summit.

 

Programme

  • 12:15 p.m. | Arrival of guests, coffee and rolls
  • 12:45 p.m. | Opening and word of welcome
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | What kind of Europe do we want? A brief introduction by Prof. Mathieu Segers (European Integration, Maastricht University): What has 60 years of European cooperation achieved? How can European cooperation continue? This will be followed by a debate in which you can vote on different propositions.
  • 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Break
  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | What kind of Europe do we want? A quick look back and debate on the regional round tables in Aachen, Liège, Maastricht and Genk. This will be followed by a debate involving the audience with time to put forward ideas and initiatives.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Close and drinks

 

Venue: Gouvernement aan de Maas | Limburglaan 10 | 6229 GA Maastricht

 

Register here. Please invite your neighbours, friends, workmates and anyone else you know to register.

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