Province of Limburg

The Province Limburg is the supervisor for the municipalities and makes the policy for the entire province. The province works a lot together with municipalities, the national government, companies, educational institutions and other organizations.


Municipality of Maastricht

Maastricht is located in the south of the Netherlands. The municipality functions in the service of its inhabitants. Municipality Maastricht regularly assists with the organization of events to contribute to the development of the city.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,300 students and 4,300 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.


European Youth Forum

The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. They are representing over 100 youth organisations, which bring together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe. The goal of the Youth Forum is to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interests.


European Journalism Centre

European Journalism Centre is active in building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. They are an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in the Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people.

Steering Committee 

Johan Adriaensen (Postdoctoral researcher, Maastricht University)


Christine Arnold (Political scientist at the Department of Political Science, Maastricht University)


Jean Bruijnzeels (Account manager international institutes, Municipality of Maastricht)


Thomas Christiansen (Professor of

European Institutional Politics, Maastricht University and Chair of the Steering Committee)


Diane Fromage (Assistant Professor of

European Law, Maastricht University)


Afke Groen (PhD student, Maastricht University)


Margot Krijnen (Communications Department, Maastricht University)


John Lisney (Policy & Advocacy

Coordinator, European Youth Forum)


Christine Neuhold (Professor within the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), Maastricht University)


Andrea Ott (Professor of EU External Relations Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University)


Michael Shackleton (Special Professor of European Institutions, Maastricht University)


Yleen Simonis (Project Manager, Maastricht University)


Adam Thomas (Director, European Journalism Centre)


Ellen Vos (Professor of European Union Law at the Law Faculty, Maastricht University)

Maastricht, Working on Europe 

Since 1992, Maastricht is inextricably linked with Europe: the Maastricht Treaty seals Europeans’ commitment to shaping their collective identity – a great experiment that is still in full swing.


The signing of the Maastricht Treaty, that holds the European Heritage label, is seen as was a milestone for European integration. It has made Maastricht famous, but its European character exceeds mere symbolism: here, Europeans come together to work and think about how collaboration can be further improved, how a shared vision can become reality. Maastricht is a workshop for Europeans, a place where they can develop and realise their ideas and ideals in a rapidly changing world.


This is not a coincidence. Maastricht has always been a city defined by (crossing) borders. For centuries, it has been at the confluence of cultures, where different peoples meet, trade, cooperate and, indeed, from time to time wholeheartedly disagree. Here, in the capital of Limburg, surrounded by Dutch, French and German speaking industrial and cultural hubs, Europe is lived.


This experience permeates everything: work, leisure and education. Maastricht University for example has a leading role in teaching, researching and enriching European collaboration across disciplines and cultural viewpoints. The university creates and shares knowledge that allows businesses and organisations to thrive, make a profit, create jobs.


Maastricht is a forum for culture and commerce, where ideas are created and debated. The European project is far from complete – here in Maastricht, you can experience it as a dynamic process. New developments, new opportunities and new questions are emerging all the time.


Every European can actively participate in this dialogue. All of us can contribute our enthusiasm, our criticism, our knowledge and our opinions. That is why everyone is welcome in Maastricht to shape Europe one day at a time, to enrichen the European project with their ideas. Dreamers and doers, thinking straight, thinking lateral – everyone will find a platform here to start businesses or movements, to host demonstrations or events. Maastricht is a workshop for ‘our Europe’ in all its forms, where the words on the Maastricht Treaty become alive.


For Maastricht, for Limburg, for the Netherlands and for Europe: Maastricht, Working on Europe