Challenges for consuls in a changing Europe 23 - 26 May

May 23rd – May 26th, 2019
Corps Consulaire Nederland (CCN) and Fédération Européenne des Corps Consulaires Honoraires (F.U.E.C.H.) invite you to a three day conference on: “Challenges for consuls in a changing Europe” @ Château St. Gerlach in Valkenburg. It is the aim to bring together Consuls and spouses/partners from all over Europe. You have a great chance to meet up with European colleagues that represent your sending state.


From now on, rooms can be booked for the rates mentioned below by e-mail: stnevesgniteem.[antispam]

It is important to book as soon as possible. The month of May is a beautiful period to spend time around Maastricht so hotels will soon be fully booked!!!

Chairman: Mr. R.W.L. Russell
Vice-chairman: Mrs. K.I. van Rooyen-Winkelman
Secretary: Mr. N.A. van de Griendt
Treasurer: Mr. R. Blij
Boardmembers: Mrs. M.H.L. Russell
Mr. C.L.J.M Oostwegel
Mr. H.J.W. Plusquin
Mr. P.J. Fresacher
Mr. E. Turabaz

Program - Thursday, 23/5/2019

Arrival of delegates and guests (dinner is not included in the program).

20:00 - F.U.E.C.H. board meeting
21:00 - Dinner @ Château St. Gerlach for F.U.E.C.H. board members (approx. 10 persons)

Program- Friday, 24/5/2019

10:30 - Combined meeting of all delegates (approx. 150 persons) at St.Gerlach Pavilion.


Mrs. Merle Maigre, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and former Security Policy Adviser to the President of Estonia.


Prof. Dr. Matthieu Segers, 27 years after Maastricht Treaty, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University and Dean of University College Maastricht. He has been a Fulbright-Schuman fellow at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford.


11:30 - Workshop Identity- and passport fraud

Speaker: Mr A. ten Caat, senior document expert, former ECID
Speaker: Mr R. Brabander, operational specialist ECID

12:30 - ‘Walking’ lunch in the Pavilion



13.30 – 15.00 - Workshops

Workshop A

Subject: European collaboration in ecosystems for innovation and sustainability

Prof. Dr. Annemieke Roobeek, Professor of Strategy and Transformation Management at Nyenrode Business University and supervisory board ABN-AMRO, KLM and others.


Workshop B

Subject: Circular Migration between Europe and Africa
Prof. Dr. Gerd Junne, chair in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam.


15:00 – 16:00 - Annual General Assembly Corps Consulaire Nederland

15:00 - 16:00 - F.U.E.C.H. meeting with deans of all participating countries
16:30 - Departure to Maastricht by bus
17:00 - Arrival at government reception by governor/King’s Commissioner H.E. Mr Theo Bovens
            Guided tour on the Maastricht Treaty and drinks
18:00 - Departure to Château Neercanne
18:30 - Arrival at terrace garden Château Neercanne, aperitif, via terrace gardens to the caves
19:00 - Informal dinner in the caves of Neercanne
22:30 - Return to Château St. Gerlach by bus



Maastricht by bus


Château Neercanne

Program - Saturday, 25/5/2019

10:00 - Departure to Maastricht
10:30 - Fort St. Pieter and visit to caves of St. Pietersberg and vault of the Night Watch
12:00 - Departure to hilly country
12:30 - Arrival @ farm (carréfarm Gulperberg). Buffet lunch Limburg style and
            performance of band. (in case of bad weather: Kasteel Vliek in
14:30 - Departure by bus to Maastricht, free time, shopping/visit Maastricht
17:00 - Return by bus to Château St. Gerlach
17:30 - Arrival - time to prepare for the evening
19:00 - Organ concert in Baroque church, dress code: black tie
19:30 - Aperitif and gala dinner in Pavilion of St. Gerlach


Baroque church

Program - Sunday, 26/5/2019

Departure after breakfast, end of program.


The costs of participation for the three day conference.

  • Delegate EUR 500
    (including meeting rooms, all lunches, bus transportation, entertainment, drinks at governement, dinner Château Neercanne, Gala dinner Château St.Gerlach).
  • Partner/spouse EUR 400
    (including partner program, meeting rooms, all lunches, bus transportation, entertainment, drinks at governement, dinner Château Neercanne, Gala dinner Château St.Gerlach).

To be paid into the bank account of Corps Consulaire Nederland: IBAN: NL87ABNA0834663333 in the name of Corps Consulaire Nederland (BIC ABNANL2A)

If your registration form and payment is received by February 28th, 2019 you can deduct EUR 50,-- (early bird registration)

In case you would like to register for one day the costs of participation for the Friday
are EUR 250 for the delegate and EUR 165 for the partner. For the Saturday the costs
are EUR 300 for the delegate and EUR 250 for the partner.
With a one day registration there is NO early bird discount!

HOTELS (booking direct with the hotel!)

CONFERENCE HOTEL: Château St. Gerlach, Joseph Corneli Allee 1, Valkenburg

The special rates
for hotel accommodation in Château St. Gerlach are as follows:


Day Price (EUR) per room per night
Thurdsay, 23rd May 135 EUR
Friday, 24th May 185 EUR
Saturday, 25th May 235 EUR

These rates are exclusive breakfast at EUR 25,-- per person per night and tourist tax at EUR 5,45 per night. Rooms can be booked for the rates mentioned by e-mail: stnevesgniteem.[antispam]

It is also possible to book other hotels in Valkenburg: 

Hotel name Stars Distance to hotel Period Total amount
Hampshire Voncken  4 2 km 23-26 May 2019 352,00
Parkhotel  4 3,4 km 23-26 May 2019 265,50
Atlanta  4 3,1 km 23-26 May 2019 340,00
Geulvallei  3 1,1 km 23-26 May 2019 256,00
Lamericks  2 2 km 23-26 May 2019 267,00


  • Distance to hotel to Château St Gerlach
  • These hotels can all be booked via
  • Participants must arrange their own hotel booking

It is important to book your rooms as soon as possible. The month of May is a beautiful period to spend time around Maastricht so hotels will soon be fully booked!!!

Partner program Friday, 24/5/2019

Program around St. Gerlach.

10:30 - The new vineyard
11:15 - In front of the Château
            Demo birds of prey
            Presentation glass of wine from the Château,
            Methode Champenoise
12:30 - Walking lunch at Pavilion, together with delegates
13:30 - Orchard demo sheep drive Border Collies
14:30 - Visit beekeeper/bees with explanation colony
15:30 - Tea/drinks
16:00 - Explanation by the Chef of the Château’s own production
16:30 - End of program


Registration form

Are you interested? Fill in our registration form.