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The Maastricht Debate 2019

The Maastricht Debate 2019 will take place on April 29 evening, hosting the lead candidates of the European political parties for the role of European Commission President. The 90-minute event will be broadcast live across the European Union.

It’s been five years since the last Maastricht Debate, where current European Commission President Juncker defended his vision for Europe and outlined what he would do if elected.

This year, the Maastricht Debate 2019 is being jointly organized by three partners from 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. The Maastricht Debate Steering Committee features several CERiM members.

Similarly to the 2014 edition, the debate will focus on the concerns of students and young people across Europe, many of whom will be voting for the first time.

On this occasion, the organizers have invited POLITICO, the leading European publication for EU influencers, to ensure an extensive reach to the widest possible audience.

Moderators of the debate will be Prof. Dr. Rianne Letschert, Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University, and Ryan Heath, political editor at POLITICO. The moderators will be asking questions to the Spitzenkandidaten along three main themes: Sustainable Europe, Digital Europe, Future of Europe, as well key issues voiced by young people in Europe.


Unfortunately, the Maastricht Debate is sold out and registrations are closed. However, everyone is welcomed to the live Viewing Party at Vrijthof Square. Alternatively, you can watch the livestream of the debate.




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