Next ITEM: European elections and border regions

29apr13:3015:30Next ITEM: European elections and border regionsITEM Reflection: European elections 2024

European elections and border regions

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Between 6 and 9 June, the elections for the European Parliament will be held. The elections are an important moment for the direction and future of the development of border regions and cross-border cooperation. Border regions are the living labs of EU integration, where both the positive and negative or missing elements of European cooperation is felt on a daily basis. In the party manifestos, political parties formulate their plans for the future of the European Union, and directly or indirectly shape cross-border cooperation and the development of border regions. What are the plans of the different political parties regarding border regions as so-called living labs? What are the effects for the border regions?

Ahead of the elections, ITEM will analyse the European Manifesto’s of the different political groups in the European Parliament. Also fuelled with data from national programmes, ITEM will reflect on the dimension of border regions and cross-border cooperation. The Reflection will be presented on Monday, 29 April during this event. Following the presentation, we will discuss the reflection, border regions and Europe’s internal borders in general in the form of a table discussion with candidates for the European Parliament.


13.30 – 14.00: Registration and coffee/tea

14:00 – 14:10: Welcome by Frans Bastiaens (alderman city of Maastricht) and prof. dr. Anouk Bollen (director ITEM)

14:10 – 14:30: Presentation ITEM Analysis on EP-elections

14:30 – 15:10: Table Talk with candidates for the European Elections, moderated by Martin Unfried (ITEM)


  • Teun Janssen (VOLT)
  • Fabiènne Hendricks (VVD)
  • Karin Jacobs (D66)
  • Jeroen Lenaers (CDA)

15:10 – 15:25: Q&A with audience

15:25 – 15:30: Closure

Practical information

  1. You can participate in this event in person in Maastricht or online via Zoom
  2. Event language: English
  3. Registration deadlines:
    25 April 2024 12.00 hours (midday) for participation at the location in Maastricht
    29 April 2024 12.00 hours (midday) for online participation

Registration is closed. Hover, you can still join us online via Zoom on Monday, 29 April starting at 14.00 hours.
Should you have any questions, please give us a call: T +31 43 388 3233

Maastricht Debate

In the evening of 29 April, the Maastricht Debate will be organised, bringing together several Spitzenkandidaten. Find out more about this event and its participants on the Maastricht Debate website.