The Treaty of European Union, otherwise known as The Maastricht Treaty, came into effect on 1November 1993.
To mark the 25th annviersary, New Europeans, the University of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg are hosting a commemoration in the Provincial Government Building hall where the treaty was signed.
The focus of the celebration will be the Maastricht generation of young people. Over 100 students from every member state of the EU will come together to sign a solemn declaration, the Maastricht Manifesto.
The manifesto is a commitment to fulfill the promise of the Maastricht Treaty which was to create not just a union of states and markets but also a union of citizens.
At the same time, we want to give everyone who cannot be with us on the day to the opportunity to participate in this extrarordinary occasion.
The Maastricht Treaty introduced the idea of European citizenship, a fundamental status with rights not just to free movement but also to political inclusion and participation.
What has it meant to you to be able to say that you a European citizen?
How has European citizenship benfited you personally and your family, friends and community over the last 25 years?
What are your hopes and fears for the future of your rights and identity as a citizens of Europe?
We are asking friends and members of New Europeans to write in with their personal testimonials of between 100 and 250 words.
These will be published on our website as the Maastricht Testimonials and a lasting record of the way that EU citizenship has transformed lives for the better over the last quarter century.
Once we know the value of our EU citizenship, we never want to let it go.
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