Leipzig/Plauen (dpa/sn) - The mayors of Leipzig and Plauen congratulated the city of Halle on the jury's decision for the planned future center for German unity and European transformation. "The jury has made its decision and we congratulate the winner, Halle," said Plauen's city manager Steffen Zenner (CDU) on Wednesday. Leipzig and Plauen had jointly applied as a location, but just like Eisenach, Jena and Frankfurt (Oder) they were not successful.
According to Zenner, the joint application was nevertheless a success for both cities. "The close and intensive exchange of the last few months has shown how much both cities can benefit and learn from each other and how important it is for the future of our state to build bridges between big cities, regional centers and rural areas. The application gave us many ideas for a closer one Cooperation between Leipzig and Plauen in science and culture developed, which we want to and will continue to pursue."
Leipzig's Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung emphasized that together with Plauen they fought for the settlement of the future center "with great energy and a lot of emotion". "But despite all the disappointment, we are happy for Halle and all of Central Germany. Central Germany will benefit overall, including Leipzig," said the SPD politician.
The future center is to be built by 2028 for up to 200 million euros. It is intended to honor East German experiences with reunification and make lessons from them usable. Social upheavals are to be examined from an artistic and scientific point of view.