The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Köln) is an institution financed by traders, merchants and private companies; statutory membership and fees enable it to represent the general interests of industry, trade and the service sectors.
The CCI Cologne provides advice on locational, tax and economic problems. It acts as an expert, for example, if trade customs need to be established or public loans granted. As a company under public law, the CCI executes the tasks entrusted to it on its own responsibility. It contacts government and public authorities, parliaments and courts. A dialogue that is beneficial for both sides; the state benefits from its economic competence and it reinforces the region's economic strength.
The CCI Cologne is actively involved in vocational qualification. It is responsible for training in approximately 175 job profiles and offers advice on all questions of continuation training. Extensive consultancy, information and mediation round off its range of services.
Founded in 1797, the CCI Cologne is one of the oldest chambers in Germany. Its region - the third largest industrial region in Germany in terms of economic power - includes the cities of Cologne and Leverkusen, plus the Erft, Rheinisch-Bergisch and Oberbergisch districts. About 140.000 companies are members of the chamber.