Function and services

The function of the Niederrhein CCI is comprehensively regulated by the Law for the Provisional Regulation of the Rights of the Industry and Trade Chambers (IHKG). According to section 1 paragraph 1 of the IHKG, the Chambers of Industry and Commerce have the mandate to consider the overall interests of business operators within the Chamber district, to promote the commercial interests of business and in doing so to take the economic interests of individual branches or businesses into account in a balanced and fair manner.

The IHKG of 1956 accorded the CCI the legal structure of a statutory incorporated body and guaranteed them the right to autonomy. This provides impartiality and independence from the state. The state has only the legal supervisory control.

As such, the Chambers of Industry and Commerce for Duisburg, Wesel and Kleve form the autonomous organisation for the business community in the lower Rhine area. Approximately 100 full-time employees from the Niederrhein CCI in Duisburg and the district offices in Wesel and Kleve work together with more than 2.000 voluntarily engaged representatives from member companies to promote the further development of the lower Rhine area as an economic location. Niederrhein CCI protects and represents the interests of approx. 62,000 member companies, from the areas of industry, trade and services, in Duisburg and the Wesel and Kleve regions in respect to the State Government, the municipalities, authorities and the public. Together with the German Association of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Berlin and its representative in the European Union, it also represents their interests to the Federal Government and the European Commission. It expresses itself in expert opinions, suggestions, position statements and reports on the economic structure and issues within the region. It provides positive criticism, recommendations and advice in association with important proposals and decisions that affect the interests of the Chamber of Commerce (IHK) members, e.g. in commercial and economic law, in the areas of budgets and taxation, industrial questions, training issues, foreign trade, etc.

A significant goal is the promotion of the quality of the region. The IHK provides stimulus and takes the initiative - whether it's concerned with the improvement of transport infrastructure, information about commercial areas or marketing the city. An important function of the IHK is the performance of State tasks. For example, the Vocational Training Act (BbiG) makes it responsible for all questions related to training especially examinations and qualifications. It also organises independent examiners and issues original certificates etc. Finally, the IHK offers consultation on a wide spectrum of themes and diverse services. For example, the founders of new businesses are offered a complete information service through personal consultation, seminars and printed information. The IHK advises on where and how State capital can be applied for and on the selection of legal form. The IHK has specialist departments with competent personnel to advise its members on many questions whether they concern training, the law, tax, environmental protection or clearance sales.