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What is a burgerberaad?
A burgerberaad (citizens’ assembly) is a group of Maastricht residents who collectively give advice. The advice is sent to the governing bodies of the municipality. If the advice complies with the law and the municipality doesn't foresee any major issues, the advice will be accepted.
What will the burgerberaad be talking about?
The burgerberaad members in Maastricht will be working on several of the following topics:
- How can we make sure our city is safe and healthy for everyone?
- Do we have enough places for people to meet up?
- How can we make our city look better and be more sustainable?
- How can we make sure there are enough homes people can afford?
These ideas will be used in the omgevingsvisie. The omgevingsvisie is the local development plan of the municipality of Maastricht.
100 Maastricht residents
We aim to bring together 100 people from Maastricht through a draw. We've drawn a diverse group of people of all ages, from all parts of the city. So, you can only register if you've got an invitation letter from the gemeente (municipality). If, for example, many people from the same district register, not all of them can participate. We will then invite more people from other parts of the city to maintain a balanced mix.
The burgerberaad will be operational from September to December 2023. During this period, we will hold 7 meetings, usually in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Participants will receive a compensation of 75 euros for each meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you didn't receive an invitation, you will not be able to sign up. We have invited a mix of people of all ages, from all parts of the city. A draw determines who will be in the burgerberaad.
Yes. If you register, you are expected to participate in all the meetings. A burgerberaad yields the best results when the same participants consistently attend the meetings.
Every participant in the burgerberaad will receive a compensation of 75 euros per meeting, which also includes travel expenses.
Please call the gemeente (municipality) at 14 043. We're happy to assist and ensure that you're able to register.