Burkhard Jung has been the Mayor of the City of Leipzig since 2006. Additionally he has been Vice-president of the Association of German Cities; Vice-president of the Association of Saxon Cities and Municipalities; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sparkasse Leipzig; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Leipzig Trade Fair Organisation and Leipzig Utilities and Transport Organisation; Chairman of the Bach Archive Leipzig Foundation; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Foundation and the Peaceful Revolution Foundation; Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, and Member of the Executive Committee of EUROCITIES, the major European cities network. In 2014 Burkhard Jung was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and the Medal of Honour of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Leipzig 2020 plan was passed by the City Council in May of 2009 and included public input from residents and businesses in order to create a well-rounded, extensive concept for future development of the city. The plan is based on the Leipzig Charter as a model, which was drafted focusing on sustainable, integrated development and strengthening underprivileged areas.
The plan focuses on integrating eleven concept areas: housing, economy and employment, free spaces and environment, education, social topics, culture, centres, transport and technical facilities, preservation of ancient monuments, sports, and universities and research establishments. The main goals of the SEKo are the improvement of national and international status, increased competitiveness, maintaining and strengthening the high quality of life, and the assurance of social cohesion and stability. The main goals were placed in the context of all city districts, which were then placed in a prioritised hierarchy.
There are some areas that are identified either for their community and/or regional importance or for their need of investment. The five disadvantaged areas include Grünau, West Leipzig, Georg-Schumann-Street, Schönefeld, and East Leipzig.
More information: Leipzig 2020