It is an honour for us to be able to cooperate closely with the city of Leipzig which is celebrating the 1.000-year-anniversary of its first mentioning this year. Within this cooperation, the Mayor of Leipzig Burkhard Jung has accepted the patronage of the 80th International Session in Leipzig.

Mayor Burkhard Jung

OBM Jung_2_hoch_300dpi_15cmx22,04cmBurkhard Jung was elected Mayor of the city of Leipzig in 2006. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and holds memberships in the steering committees of the German Association for public and private welfare (Deutscher Verein), the association of cities in Germany (Deutsche Städtetag), and Eurocities. His engagement for the city of Leipzig is demonstrated in his membership of the auditing committee of the trade fair in Leipzig, and his role as ambassador of the city for the World Cup in 2006, and for the Olympics from 2001 – 2003.

Burkhard Jung studied in Münster and worked as a teacher in the subjects German and Religious Education before becoming the headmaster of the Protestant School Centre in Leipzig. He then joined the city’s administration in 1999 working for the department for youth, school, and sports. As Mayor today, he puts an emphasis on sustainability, social justice, culture and the international connectedness of the city. He is married and has four children.

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Homepage of the Mayor of the city of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung.

Minister-President Stanislaw Tillich

SStanislaw_Tillich_140510_309_Juergen_Jeibmanntanislaw Tillich has been serving as Minister-President of Saxony since May 2008, which makes him the longest-serving of all incumbent German Minister-Presidents. He received the highest honours of the federal state, the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony, in 2008. Amongst others, he was elected Member of the European Parliament from 1994-1999. Stanislaw Tillich is a member of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU).

The politician studied engineering in Dresden and soon became active in the local administration. After pursuing self-employed entrepreneurship until 1995, he became part of the first freely elected People’s Parliament of the GDR in 1990. His political aims include promoting economic growth, a good neighbourhood and family policy and ensuring security. Stanislaw Tillich is married and has two children.

After 25 years of German reunification we are thankful to be hosted by the state of Saxony for the anniversary celebrations that are part of this major event. The Minister-President of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich has followed our invitation to take the patronage over the event which is a symbol for the warm welcome of the participants from all over Europe by the federal government.

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Homepage of the Minister-President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier

121130_pressefoto_frank-walter-steinmeier_thomas-koehler-photothekFrank-Walter Steinmeier has been the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany since 2013 for the second time after he has already been in office from 2005 to 2009. Frank-Walter Steinmeier is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Before he took office for the second time, he was the chairman of the social democratic group in the German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) and leader of the opposition in the parliament.

He studied law and political science in Gießen at the Justus-Liebig university in 1976 and graduated successfully with his state examination in 1982. After having worked as a research assistant, he has been served as an expert and speaker for media law and policy at the state chancellery of Lower Saxony. Frank-Walter Steinmeier joined the cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (1999 – 2005) and became the Minister for the Federal Chancellor’s Office.

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Website of Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

Picture_Patron_Tibor_Navracsics_ECTibor Navracsics has joined the European Commission as the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport after the European election in 2014.

The politician studied law at the ELTE university and became a judge in 1992. Furthermore, he is owning a PhD degree in political science and has teached social and political science. Tibor Navracsics has been in office as a Minister in the government of Hungary twice since 2010.

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Website of the European Commission.

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