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About us

Based at Studio Europa in the heart of the city, Maastricht, Working on Europe is a joint programme by the Province of Limburg, the City of Maastricht and Maastricht University.

Our aim is to position Maastricht as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a Centre of Excellence for research on Europe and European integration. In short: a workplace for a better Europe. For everyone.

Our programme consists of three branches: a strategic research agenda; thought-provoking and inspiring events; and the European Heritage Label for the Maastricht Treaty.

Our mission is to stimulate active, critical debate with citizen engagement at its core.

I’m curious. Why Maastricht?

The Dutch province of Limburg is the southernmost of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. It is in the southeastern part of the country, stretched out from the north, where it touches the province of Gelderland, to the south, where it internationally borders Belgium and Germany. Learn more about the province here.

The oldest city in the Netherlands has great appeal, not only for day trippers and tourists, but also for new residents. This can be seen in the city’s wonderful nicknames, such as the “Culinary capital of the Netherlands” and “Europe’s smallest metropolis.” Learn more about the city here.

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

“The signing of the Maastricht Treaty started a great, dynamic experiment, which carries on to this day.”

Who we are

Sharon Coolen

Prof. dr. Mathieu Segers

Dr. Caterina Di Fazio

Dr. Neculai-Cristian Surubaru

Dr. Catalina Goanta

Miriam Urlings

Anne-Marijn Epker

Eline Madeleine Schmeets

Melih Özkardes

Roos Stalenhoef

Yes we research! We conduct multidisciplinary, inspiring research that is relevant for society across four themes:

Democracy, Politics, Security and Rule of Law

Sixty years after its inception, the European Union is still grappling with the key issues of national sovereignty and democratic legitimacy. Who calls the shots and at what level of government? The EU has spawned several supranational institutions including a parliament and a court, but how should these interact with their national counterparts? And where do regional and local authorities come in? What kind of reforms are needed to safeguard democracy and ensure that citizens get more involved in the European project instead of falling prey to Euroscepticism? These are only a few of the questions that will need to be analysed and researched.

Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective

When six European nations embarked on the integration process in the wake of World War II, there was no blueprint. Of course, the founding fathers had a vision and shared ideals, but the real driving forces over time have eluded both scientists and the public. This calls for some thorough research, also on a fundamental level, into the role of ideas in shaping modern European history.

Prosperity, Welfare and Inequality

There are still considerable differences in living standards, life expectancy and health within the EU despite continued efforts to create a level playing field. One explanation is that Brussels may have tried too hard, making member states reluctant to implement policies. Of course, the 2008 financial crisis didn’t really help. It led to a knee-jerk reaction of more centralised control.

Knowledge, Technology and Digitalisation

Supported by the European Commission, the business-enterprise sector is playing a major role in generating new knowledge and technologies. Research on the economic effects of these corporate investments is in high demand. The findings may help businesses exploit their innovation potential. This, in turn, will benefit the EU and its citizens. Innovations in automation and digitalisation are expected to boost the EU’s long-term competitiveness, help build a greener society and improve the overall quality of life of EU citizens.

Contact

Studio Europa
22a Onze Lieve Vrouweplein
6211 HE Maastricht

The Netherlands

+31 (0)43 388 46 90

info@maastrichteurope.nl