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Media advisory 

The Maastricht Debate, taking place on April 29, 2019, will bring together the candidates for the presidency of the European Commission to battle out key issues on the future of Europe. The debate will be held in front of an audience of 500 young people and livestreamed by POLITICO Europe. The Maastricht Debate 2019 is being jointly organised by the three partners of Maastricht, Working on Europe – Maastricht University, the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg - as well as the European Youth Forum and the European Journalism Centre.


Date: Monday, April 29th Time: 19h00 – 20h30

Venue: Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht

Registration via the online submission form


About the debate The focus of The Maastricht Debate is on youth, with a special emphasis on first-time voters. The moderators, Rianne Letschert, rector of Maastricht University, and Ryan Heath, political editor at Politico, as well as voters and members of the audience will question the Spitzenkandidaten along three main themes: Digital Europe, Future of Europe, and Sustainable Europe, a theme sourced by a survey conducted by Maastricht University. The leading candidates of the main European political parties are expected to participate in the debate.


The debate will be live-streamed by Politico and there will be a debate-watching festival on the Vrijthof square in Maastricht. The festival will include stands for European, national and regional parties and organisations, as well as food trucks and live music after the main event, to encourage the “debate after the debate”. In addition, the organisers have been in touch with more than 50 universities around Europe where debatewatching events will be held, and the European Youth Forum will be organising a debate watching party in Brussels, on the Esplanade of the European Parliament, where over 1000 stakeholders and representatives from the European Institutions, civil society and businesses will be invited to attend.


Arrangements for media Journalists and media organisations are invited to attend the debate. A dedicated media room will be provided including the following facilities: internet access (Wifi and cable), patch to livestream, desks with power supply and a spin alley to interview candidates afterwards. Please note that there are no telephone landlines available.


You can register via the online submission form


All registrations will be reviewed by the organisation. Based on space requirements in the theatre, the organisers reserve the right to limit the number of press badges issued to a media organisation. Pre-screening by the police may be required before your presence can be confirmed.


Media contacts

Maastricht University: Margot Krijnen +31 6 36 43 34 88 or

European Youth Forum: Hannah Grieve +32 2 793 75 36 or

POLITICO: Natasha Bernard +32 2 540 90 94 or



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The live broadcast of the Maastricht Debate 2019 will start at 19h00 CET and ends at 20h30.


The livestream is available here.

Youth Survey

Leading up to the debate, we are carrying out a survey with the aim to get a sense of the issues students and young people view as being particularly pressing. The results of the survey will influence the formulation of some of the questions the Spitzenkandidaten will be asked during the debate. The survey is available at the following website and can be widely circulated:


Opinion Matters: Maastricht Debate and EP Elections

Themes of the Debate


Digital Europe

Sustainable Europe

The Future of Europe


Click here for more detailed information about the themes.