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ALDE Individual Members Conference: Maastricht, 25 years after the Treaty

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Limburgs Gouvernement

10 Limburglaan

6229 GA Maastricht

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In the same room where the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992, ALDE Party Individual Members presents a unique event on the future of Europe!

Are you positive about the future of Europe Union? Do you believe in a Europe based on the fundamental liberal principles of liberty, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, tolerance and solidarity? Then you should come to Maastricht on the 7th of October and enjoy this great event.

We are proud to welcome our keynote speakers:

Hans van Baalen, Alde president

Hilde Vautmans, MEP Open VLD

Andrew Duff, European Policy Centtre

Thalia Ntoka, member of the Alde party Individual Members Steering Committee


Registration costs (lunch and drinks included): € 37,50

For students with an ALDE Party Individual Membership: € 25,-

Participation is open to ALDE Party Individual Members and to non-members (maximum number of participants is 220)

Do you like to become an Alde Party Individual Member? Please register at the ALDE Party website


Check out our program (Provisional)

English will be the conference language (translations not provided)


10.30 h: Introduction of the Conference by the coordinators of ALDE Party Individual Members Netherlands

10.35 h: Official welcome by drs. Th.J.F.M Bovens, gouvernor of Provincie Limburg

10.45​ h: Introduction on the importance of Individual Membership of European political parties,Thalia Ntoka, member of the Steering Committee of Alde Party Individual Members

11.00​ h: 25 Years after the Maastricht Treaty: keynote by Hans van Baalen, President of Alde Party

11.25 h: Hilde Vautmans, MEP Open VLD and schepen of St. Truiden (B)

11.50 h: How about Brexit? Key note by Andrew Duff

12.15​ h: Lunch

13.30​ h: Fringe meetings

15.45​ h: Panel discussion with liberal politicians

16.25​ h: Summary of the results of the Conference

16.40​ h: Europe, Now What? Concluding political key note (speaker is yet to be confirmed)

17.00 ​h: Closure and Drinks

Fringe meetings

1​. EU, 25 Years after Maastricht: work in progress or a new start?

Do populism and anti-European sentiments still form a threat to European cooperation? The election of Mr Macron and a possible re-election of Ms Merkel seem to offer new possibilities for a more integrated and closer Union. Brexit makes way for the rebirth of the French-German axis within the EU. What about the position of the small countries? And shouldn’t we start building a Europe for all citizens? Should we be ruled by Realpolitik or by the democratic power of the European people.

2​. EU, 25 years after Maastricht: strong, united and confident on our outside-borders?

There is an enormous pressure on the outside borders of Europe. Erdogan challenges the Europe Union, Trump forms a threat to a stable world order and Poetin continues to unfold his expansionist power agenda. Meanwhile Europe is flooded by 100.000s of people, who are eagerly searching for safety or a better future. How can we make sure the EU acts as a confident and an autonomous entity? Or should we keep on muddling through and stay divided and dependant?

3​. EU, 25 years after Maastricht: the Euro and the EMU

One of the expected results of the Maastricht Treaty, as being a kick-off for the EMU, was the converging of economies and social levels between northern and southern states. Did it happen? What did happen was the introduction of the euro. People are used to this relatively stable currency. Still both euro and ECB are blamed for of a lot of unsolved problems. How should we go on with Euro and EMU?

4​. 25 years after Maastricht: 'Europe of the regions' or 'Europe of nations​'

In 1992 the famous beer brewer Freddy Heineken introduced his views on a Europe of the Regions in his book ‘The United States of Europe (a Eurotopia?)’. In his plans the EU would be constituted by dozens of regions. Nowadays several member states seem to choose for their own ‘short term good’ and not for European solidarity. Meanwhile, Catalunya will possibly vote for its independence on the 1th of October and Brexit threatens to force the Scots out of the EU. Now what? Can Eurotopia bring stability? What is the influence of the committee of the regions? Should it be abolished or can it function as the new EU-senate? And what role do Euregions play? The Meuse-Rhine Euregion is an example.

5​. EU, 25 years after Maastricht: ALDE IM, the motor for the establishment of pan European political parties

The individual members (IM) of ALDE Party are idealistic and believe in a strong working together in Europe. How can we translate this into active politics? And what is the position and role of ALDE IM on the road to a more liberal and coherent Europe: a Europe of the citizens?

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