History of the Central German Metropolitan Region
The Central German Metropolitan Region initiates further development in the process of reorientation by agreeing a new framework for action. At its third annual conference on 26 March 2010 it presents a redesigned corporate identity and new policy directions.
On 1 January 2010 the cities of Gera and Dessau-Rosslau are accepted as full members. As a result the metropolitan region is now composed of the following members with voting rights: the cities of Chemnitz, Dessau-Rosslau, Dresden, Gera, Halle, Jena (also representing the interests of the cities of Erfurt and Weimar, the ImPuls-Region), Leipzig, Magdeburg and Zwickau.
The mayors of the 'Saxon Triangle' metropolitan region unanimously decide on the new name of 'Central German Metropolitan Region'. At the same time the cities of Jena and Magdeburg are accepted as full members.
The metropolitan region joins 'METREX', the network of European metropolitan regions.
The city of Jena (as representative of the ImPuls-Region Erfurt-Weimar-Jena and the city of Gera) receives voting rights enabling it to participate in the resolutions of the metropolitan region's decision-making bodies. From the autumn of 2007 the city of Magdeburg takes part as an observer in the meetings of the various committees and also represents the interests of the city of Dessau-Rosslau.
MKRO regards the metropolitan region concept as a special opportunity for the 'Central German' economic area to position itself favourably within the European economic area as a whole. The mayors of the cities of Chemnitz, Dresden, Halle, Leipzig and Zwickau agree on a programme of action for the 'Saxon Triangle' metropolitan region. In addition they conclude a cooperation agreement for the purpose of working more closely together in future.
The 'Halle/Leipzig - Saxon Triangle' metropolitan region joins in the work of the Initiative Group of European Metropolitan Regions in Germany
The 'Halle/Leipzig - Saxon Triangle' metropolitan region with the principal centres of Leipzig, Halle, Dresden, Chemnitz and Zwickau is defined by MKRO as a 'European Metropolitan Region'.
The region is classified as a 'Potential European Metropolitan Region' in the framework for regional development action drawn up by the Ministerial Regional Development Conference (MKRO)
The close geographical relationships between the three principal centres of Dresden, Leipzig/Halle and Chemnitz-Zwickau as the 'European City Region - Saxon Triangle' feature as part of the regional development plan for the state of Saxony.