The Netherlands, Europe and the Maastricht Treaty

Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers (r) addresses the press during a conference in Maastricht, after the EC leaders’ negotiations on the European Union. Looking on are European Commission President Jacques Delors (c) and Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek.

Political oral history project:
The Netherlands, Europe and the Maastricht Treaty

 

What happened behind the closed doors in the Gouvernement on 9 and 10 December 1991? Which government leaders dominated the Euro summit? How did the deals come about? Who were the winners, who the losers? These are some of the questions we seek answers to in our political oral history project.

We ask them not only to senior politicians and diplomats. But also to bankers, economists, lobbyists, journalists and opinion makers. We focus primarily on the Dutch side of the story, but we also allow relevant actors from our neighbouring countries – Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom – to have their say.

Farmers from the region and the border region made their voices heard at the ’91 summit

Public Oral History Project: Mestreech ’92

We also collect the stories of ‘ordinary’ Maastrichtians and Limburgers. Because all memories of the 1991 Euro summit and the signing of the treaty in 1992 are cultural heritage. Also those of the general public. They teach historians how a local community responded to an event of global importance.

 

Were you a driver for government leaders during the Euro summit? Did you take part in the farmers’ protests? As an entrepreneur or with your association, did you respond to this special event? Did you, perhaps as a civil servant, contribute to the preparations? If so, please contact us. You can do so via the website of Mestreech ’92. View the first anecdotes and share your story too!