10 Mar
13:00 - 14:00
ITEM online event

Next ITEM: Provincial elections from a cross-border perspective

When: Friday 10 March 2023

Where: online, via ZOOM. You will receive the link after you have registered, shortly before the start of the event 

On March 15, 2023, the elections for the Provincial Council will take place in the Netherlands. Seven of the twelve provinces are located on a national border, with Germany and/or Belgium. According to the Eurostat definition, the entire province of Limburg even qualifies as a border region. Cross-border cooperation is important for the border region, where challenges and living, working and living do not stop at the border. What are the intentions of the various political parties in the border provinces? What do the plans mean for border regions and cross-border cooperation or what is missing? ITEM will publish a Reflection on the different party programmes in the border provinces. In it, ITEM screens the different party programmes and provides a reflection.

 Please find the Reflection here 

 Read the press release




On the eve of the elections, ITEM is pleased to present and discuss this with you in the following Next ITEM. We are particularly pleased with the participation of candidates for the Provincial Council and Senate, who will reflect and express their positions. Taking part in the panel are:

  • Dhr. Leon Vaessen, Provincie Limburg, D66
  • Dhr. Theo Bovens, Senate, CDA
  • Dhr. Eddy Hartog, Senate, VOLT
  • Dhr. Bas de Boer, Province of Groningen, GroenLinks
  • Mw. Daisy Vliegenthart, Province of Gelderland, CDA
  • Dhr. Ralph du Long, Province of Drenthe, PvdA
  • Dhr. Herman Nijskens, Province of Limburg, VVD
  • Dhr. Ronnie Buiks, Province of Noord-Brabant, CDA
  • Mw. Joyce Vorgers, Province of Overijssel, GroenLinks


13:00-13:05 Opening by prof. dr. Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn, director ITEM

13:05-13:15 Short presentation ITEM Reflection by Martin Unfried and Pim Mertens

13:15-13:55 Panel: Reflection and statements candidates Provincial Council and Senate (moderator: Martin Unfried)

13:55-14:00 Closure by prof. dr. Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn

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