The 30th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty

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Studio Europa Maastricht and Maastricht University are organizing an interdisciplinary conference marking the 30th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty. The Conference will be held in Maastricht (27-29 September 2022). We welcome scholars from all backgrounds to apply and contribute to discussing the Past, Present, and Future of European Integration. The call is open to all participants, with a competitive selection process due to limited space. The abstract submission will be open until June 01, 2022. Applicants should send the abstract (up to 300 words) to i.rubinic@maastrichtuniversity.nl. The call for papers and more information is available at: https://studioeuropamaastricht.nl/2022/03/29/call-for-papers-the-30th-anniversary-of-the-maastricht-treaty/.

Signed by twelve countries in Maastricht on 7 February 1992, the Treaty on European Union reshaped the socioeconomic landscape on a continental scale. This seminal agreement laid the foundations for the continuation of historically unprecedented peace, built on the conception that fostering economic and monetary cooperation will translate into well-being and shared prosperity among citizens of European nations. In this context, the Maastricht Treaty should be regarded as the revolutionary instrument created to end the European divide through fundamental pillars established around integrating countries in order to secure stability and balance in social, economic, and monetary spheres. On these grounds, European unification in diversity took place through the cross-country consensus on joint values, unique market, and economic freedoms.

Three decades later and 15 member states larger, the present-day circumstances mandate the revision of the 1992 European social contract. Posed by unprecedented existential uncertainties coupled with the economic downturn, the urgent need arises to evaluate whether the existing institutional design fits its contemporaneous purpose. The latter is most apparent when accounting for the coronavirus outbreak that placed nation-centered solutions ahead of, currently suspended, aspirations towards European convergence. Numerous challenges must be overcome to ensure that national tensions do not overwhelm supranational prospects. From the rise of disintegrating populism, unequal living standards and benefits utilization, unbalanced growth, and stratification of European social fabric, the current challenges showcase that the general escape clause is not an optimal way of addressing the crisis. Therefore, the reconstruction of the European backbone based on exploiting solidarity, inclusivity, and synergic cross-border collaboration is a straightforward precondition for safeguarding the sustainability of the admirable European social project.

As it currently stands, the Maastricht Treaty represents an ambitious project that remains largely unfinished due to long-term overlooking of the existing disagreements, rendering the EU unable to cope with the ongoing calamities. However, regardless of challenges, shortcomings, and imperfect design, the Maastricht treaty exhibits a multilateral blueprint for global governance without a viable alternative. Hence, the reform of the Maastricht Treaty can help preserve a European way of life and chart a unique pathway of how countries can aspire to create a global sustainable framework of governance.

For this reason, Maastricht University and Studio Europa Maastricht are organizing an interdisciplinary academic conference to discuss the heritage of the Maastricht Treaty through a European socio-economic perspective. The conference will be on 27-29 September, directly following the EMU public symposium on the 30th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, held in Maastricht on 26-27 September. ´

We aim to facilitate an academic meeting place for a critical but constructive dialogue on the Maastricht Treaty’s legacy. In line with the spirit of “unity in diversity”, we welcome forward-looking scholars from all backgrounds willing to work together in finding a consensus on making Europe a better place through the commemoration of this paramount milestone of European collaboration.

We particularly welcome contributions from the field of economics, history, legal studies, political science, focused on the following areas:

• Institutional evolution and the future of the European integration

• Social market economy and socioeconomic justice

• Policies for economic convergence, risk sharing, and solidarity

• Democratic legitimacy and the rule of law

• Fiscal federalism, democratic backsliding, and the rise of populism

• European inequality and social divide

• Labor migration and economic union

• The digital age and energy transition

• The global impact of the euro

• Common foreign security policy and geopolitical challenges

• European health union and coronavirus pandemics

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