Studio Europa Maastricht is a centre of expertise for Europe-related debate and research.
Founded in 2018 and supported by the partners of the Maastricht, Working on Europe programme: Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg and the City of Maastricht. Together we aim to position Maastricht, the capital of Limburg as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a centre of excellence for research on Europe and European integration.
Our team examines, explores, and engages. We are #WorkingonEurope.
Our organisation consists of three pillars:
We are a leading centre for multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with societal impact.
We bring the legacy of the Maastricht Treaty, since 2018 proud holder of the European Heritage Label, to life.
We stimulate active, critical debate with engagement at its core and capture and share the stories of Europe.
Since 1992 the city has been inextricably linked with Europe as the Maastricht Treaty sealed Europeans’ commitment to develop our collective identity. The signing of this milestone for European integration started a great, dynamic experiment, which carries on to this day.
While the Treaty may be the city’s claim to fame, Maastricht’s European character is more than just symbolic. The city is the place for Europeans to come together to work on that experiment. To think, debate and discuss Europe.
This is not a coincidence. Maastricht has always been a city defined by (crossing) borders. For centuries it’s been a melting pot of cultures where different peoples meet, trade, cooperate and, from time to time, wholeheartedly disagree.
To this day, it remains a forum for culture and commerce, and the impact of the surrounding Dutch-, French- and German-speaking industrial and cultural hubs is felt everywhere. At work, in leisure time and in education. This confluence continually gives rise to new opportunities, new questions and new ideas.