MAASTRICHT. Ten (of the fourteen) local political parties, five propositions, five debate rounds and rector Rianne Letschert to set the ball rolling. A large city council election debate for students will take place in the Franz Palm lecture hall at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) on Monday 12 March.
All participating parties will give their views on housing, sustainability, mobility, polarisation and hotel and catering. After which two of them will enter into a debate about each proposition. The evening will be held in English and will be hosted by the academics Arie van de Lugt (FPN) and Teun Dekker (UCM).
After the debate, the audience will be able ask the politicians questions during the evening drink (free drinks). “If they are smart, the parties will send several representatives, but I think we’re safe there; some parties asked how many people they were allowed to bring,” says Martin van Rooij, co-organiser of the evening, chairman of the Maastricht Student Council (MSR) and a candidate for M:OED (Maastricht: Open Eerlijk Democratisch). “The turnout is my only worry. But I can't imagine that students haven't heard about it yet, there was so much promotion. We have room for five hundred people.”
The same evening, Law, the master's of Dutch Law, the Montesquieu Institute and Jsv Ouranos will also organise a session on the upcoming elections, in the Faculty of Law's Statenzaal. A number of Maastricht politicians will speak about themes such as health care in the city. Official language: Dutch.