Neighbouring Dusseldorf is the capital of the state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Besides the state parliament it is home to other institutions such as the German pension service (Deutsche Rentenversicherung). The insurance office of the German Statutory Pension Scheme Rhine (Deutsche Rentenversicherung Rheinland) is of note because it provides legal supervision over social insurances and the scheme for the region. The office for Westphalia is in Münster.
One stage of government between the state and local levels has its existence put to question periodically. NRW is divided into the five district government offices (Bezirksregierungen) of Arnsberg, Cologne, Detmold, Düsseldorf and Münster. The Düsseldorf district is the largest with more than five million inhabitants. They all mediate between local communities and their citizens and their function is to weigh the needs of public and private interests. Tasks are concerned, amongst others, with the security of the police, administration of state employees’ salaries and also the control of correct production and distribution of food. Others are relevant for planning or the protection of historic buildings.
The offices of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammer) and the Chamber of Crafts (Handwerkskammer) are spread regionally across the state. They represent the interests of associated firms that are acting in the respective segments of industry, crafts, trade and services. Tasks include support, research and assistance to companies that take on trainees and guarding of the trainees rights.