On January 11, 2021, the good friend of Łódź, Mayor of Stuttgart, ended his eight-year mission in this position. Fritz Kuhn held the most important position in Stuttgart from January 7, 2013 to January 6, 2021. In his professional and political life he was, among others, member of the parliament of the Land of Baden-Württemberg and the German Bundestag, and chairman of the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen party.
Fritz Kuhn is retiring, but he says he will continue to work actively for the multilateral, energetic partnership between Łódź and Stuttgart. Our cities have a lot in common, not only joint projects, but also relationships between the citizens of both cities. When thinking about a united, democratic Europe, strong bilateral cooperation between local governments is crucial. Łódź and Stuttgart for many years of partnership cooperation have successfully implemented numerous projects, the symbol of which is the tram decorated with the emblem of Łódź running around Stuttgart. The tram was personally baptized by Mrs. Hanna Zdanowska Mayor of Łódź during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of partnership. The performance of the Solitude Choir at the Grand Theater in Łódź during the Holocaust Remembrance Days in 2017 will certainly be remembered.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic disenabled many joint initiatives, such as school exchanges, cultural and jubilee events, many similar initiatives could not be implemented, but we could certainly count on words of support and declarations of help from our partner.
Fritz Kuhn was accompanied by his wife during the farewell ceremony. Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, the partner region of the Lodzkie Region, also spoke at the farewell ceremony started by Fabian Mayer, the first vice-mayor.
The special attraction was the concert of the music trio Gee Hye Lee Trio.
“It was an honor for me to be able to shape our city for eight years. I would like to thank all employees of our city administration. I wish my successor every success in this important position ”- this is how Fritz Kuhn concluded his last speech.