(Photo: The State Chancellery)

The Minister President of the Free State of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, is the patron of our trinational essay contest. He adds great value to the project frame due his active engagement in fostering European ties between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic and also due to his former activities in the German-Polish Parliamentary Friendship Group and the German-Czech Parliamentary Friendship Group during his time as elected representative in the Bundestag, the German parliament.

Until 2017 Kretschmer was one of the vice chairs of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, under the leadership of chairman Volker Kauder. During his time in parliament, he was also and the German-Polish Parliamentary Friendship Group.