The central organization

The Chambers of Commerce and Industry are public corporations. They all have a democratic structure. Every member has one vote and all companies have the same rights. Members choose their representatives for the General Meeting.

This "Parliament of the business community" elects the president, the vice presidents and the managing director. All companies pay mandatory contributions to the competent Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The idea underlying statutory membership is that the Chambers represent the entire range of enterprises of all branches, sizes and legal forms and thus the entrepreneurial experience of all industry and trade. This makes the Chambers of Industry and Commerce neutral and independent of vested interests and government influence.