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This page lists some of our actions in the past year.

14/12/2022 Housing -- Splitsen en omzetten

In 2022, we focus on improving a permanent part of the municipal's current house division and house conversion for room-by-room rentals.

 

Following stakeholders' meetings and feedback sent to the municipal, it has been decided that the Board will draw up a new list of streets that would be refused further expansion of room-based rental. 

The new list will take effect on 10 January 2023, simultaneously with the start of the 2023 application round for the quotas for splitting, converting to room rental and small-scale repurposing (40-40-40- rule).

19/10/2022 Open call for RTV -- Student Loans 

We are currently working with RTV on the subject of student loans and invite students to share their thoughts, experiences, concerns and suggestions regarding the increase in interest for student loans here

All responses will be kept confidential, unless explicit permission is granted.

07/09/2022 New organisational structure

MSU is proud to announce that we are expanding our organisational structure to include officers for each individual portfolio. In the past, each board member juggled with multiple portfolios each. This change comes as we wish to motivate and give more students of Maastricht a platform to step up and fight for our shared causes.

We will be keeping applications open on a rolling basis here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSvlxWX_rMGBU-jJ3TpkHbr3bCGtCe3Wz8pzNaPztFDRRM3w/viewform?usp=sf_link

You may reach out to our current officers at: officers@maastrichtstudentunion.com

06/07/2022 Maastricht Coalition Agreement 2022-2026

Following the municipal council elections of 16 March 2022 and the subsequent information phase, the parties SPM, D66, CDA, PvdA, PVM, VVD and Volt entered into talks to draw up an agreement for the course of the municipality during the next four years, including the members of the municipal executive to be appointed. The results of these talks are presented in the current document.

 

MSU's input has also been included in the form of policy evaluations, numerous documents and interviews and are proud of our continued effort for all students of Maastricht.

Full Coalition Agreement in English:

https://www.gemeentemaastricht.nl/sites/default/files/2022-07/Coalition%20agreement%20EN%202022-2026.pdf

16/06/2022 The Class Regional Forum – Netherlands & Belgium

We were recently invited to The Class Regional Forum – Netherlands & Belgium by The Class Foundation in Amsterdam to learn and share our experiences regarding the Dutch and Belgian student housing markets.

As it stands, only 12% of student accommodations in the Netherlands, are privately owned and operated which exacerbates the Student Housing Crisis. Maastricht being situated at the Dutch and Belgian boarders means MSU takes on a greater responsibility in looking out for students in the Maastricht vicinity and beyond.

During our time at the forum, we participated in discussions with Loyens & Loeff Tax and Legalities and the Panel Discussion on Internationalisation of the Netherlands and Policy Reform. We rounded off the day by delving into data with Knight Frank, and leave as motivated as ever to fight for the rights of our students.

14/03/2022 Municipality Elections

Chairman Cheryl Isabella communicated statements to the Maastricht Diplomat regarding the university and municipality electoral scene in Maastricht. 

Link to Maastricht Diplomat's article: https://www.maastrichtdiplomat.org/post/voices-of-the-uni-cipality

26/02/2022 Housing

Our chairman Cheryl was recently invited to an interview with Companen (retained by the municipality of Maastricht) to review the current municipal policies for the creation of student housing.

The evaluation of housing division policy (Municipality of Maastricht) report will be made public shortly.

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