|Dutch city wedged between Germany and Belgium|
Maastricht is a city and a municipality in the southeastern Netherlands. at the crossroads of multiple language areas.
During the latter half of the 20th century, traditional industries (such as Maastricht's potteries) declined and the city's economy shifted to a service economy. Maastricht University was founded in 1976. Several European institutions found their base in Maastricht. In 1981 and 1991 European Councils were held in Maastricht, the latter one resulting a year later in the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, leading to the creation of the European Union and the euro. Since 1988, The European Fine Art Fair, regarded as the world's leading art fair, annually draws in some of the wealthiest art collectors.
In recent years, Maastricht launched several campaigns against drug-dealing in an attempt to stop foreign buyers taking advantage of the liberal Dutch legislation and causing trouble in the downtown area.
Since the 1980s, a number of European and international institutions have made Maastricht their base. They provide an increasing number of employment opportunities for expats living in the Maastricht area.
- Administration of the Dutch province of Limburg
- Meuse-Rhine Euroregion
- Limburg Development Company LIOF
- RHCL and SHCL – archives of the province of Limburg
- Eurocontrol – The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
- European Journalism Centre
- European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
- European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
- European centre for work and society (ECWS)
- Maastricht Centre for Transatlantic Studies (MCTS)
- Expert Centre for Sustainable Business and Development Cooperation (ECSAD)
- Council of European Municipalities and Regions (REGR)
- European Centre for Digital Communication (EC/DC)
- Maastricht Research School of Economics of TEchnology and ORganization (METEOR)
- Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (RIKS)
- Cicero Foundation (CF)
Groups Headquartered Here
|Eurocontrol||1960||The central organisation for coordination and planning of air traffic control for all of Europe|
|The European Journalism Centre||1992||An independent and non-profit institute sponsored by several influential government-backed NGOs. One of EJC's goals is to "retrain journalists", a similar geopolitical stance and aim of Stopfake.|
- Gnesotto, N. (1992). European union after Minsk and Maastricht. International Affairs. 68(2), 223-232.