Our Story

Maastricht, Working on Europe (MWOE)

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.

Why Maastricht?

Since 1992 the city’s 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. This is where Europeans come together to work on that experiment. To think, debate, discuss and dream. To make this shared vision a reality.

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.

It remains a forum for culture and commerce to this day, and the impact of the surrounding Dutch-, French- and German-speaking industrial and cultural hubs is felt everywhere. At work, at play and in education.

This confluence continually gives rise to new opportunities, new questions and new ideas.

Who we are

Dr. Gonny Willems

Sharon Coolen

Helene Vliegenthart-Peereboom

Prof. dr. Mathieu Segers

Dr. Bart Stol

Dr. Caterina Di Fazio

Dr. Neculai-Cristian Surubaru

Dr. Catalina Goanta

Dr. Miriam Urlings

Helene Miseur

Anne-Marijn Epker

Eline Madeleine Schmeets

Melih Özkardes

Roos Stalenhoef

Annelies van Rijen


Studio Europa
22a Onze Lieve Vrouweplein
6211 HE Maastricht

The Netherlands

+31 (0)43 388 46 90