Parliament of NRW
The most important political institution in North Rhine Westphalia, NRW, is the state parliament building, Landtag, overlooking the river Rhine in Dusseldorf. It represents the legislative powers of the local federal state, Bundesland, and consists of some 200 members who elect its Prime Minister. Its areas of responsibility are limited to representation and management of local and regional interests.
The committees, delegated politicians and party factions, the president and the plenary meeting are some of the important components of parliament. The committees are structured thematically; feminist, municipal politics or finances being some examples. Consultations are carried out for the final decisions of parliament. Representative politicians who are chosen by a personalised proportional ballot attend these committees.
The factions of representatives are also important for parliament. The higher their interest in the plenary meeting, the more co-determination is entitled to them. The plenary meeting itself is the uppermost political decisive committee. Furthermore the president of parliament conducts affairs, represents and leads parliament meetings.
Petitions from individuals, groups or associations which refer to the administrative measures of offices and authorities, for instance municipalities, cities, schools, police and so on, can be submitted here without too many bureaucratic hurdles.
By Philipp Schiwek, Sep 30 2013
Located a mere ten kilometres from the city centre, Düsseldorf has one of the world’s most accessible airports. Times for taxi rides can vary enormously depending on the time of day. Public transport includes an S-Bahn train to the terminal, rail to the Skytrain connection or busses.
Large events and activities happen in Düsseldorf throughout the year, some becoming nationally and internationally popular. Carnival is huge, as is the large funfair on the Rhine river bank opposite the old town. Others can have an influence on daily life such as the marathon and other races.