Metropolregion Rheinland
Ottoplatz 1
D-50679 Köln, Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 221 989317-0
Fax +49 (0) 221 989317-101

Board of Directors:
Dr. Stephan Keller (Chairman)
Sebastian Schuster
Roswitha Arnold
Dr. Uwe Vetterlein 
Felix Heinrichs

Tax number: 214/5861/0664
Register entry: Entry in the register of associations. Court of registry: Cologne District Court
Registry number: 19212

Responsible for content according to Article 55 Par. 2 RStV (Interstate Broadcasting Treaty): see Board of Directors

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Graphic design and implementation: Squirrel & Nuts GmbH, Cologne

Technical support and implementation: barracuda GmbH, Cologne

Photo credits:
Slider (Fotolia: #142173094 – Cologne, Germany, © TTstudio | #130844255 — Zollfeste Zons am Niederrhein, mill on the city wall, © mitifoto | #42316694 — Pusher tug with barges on the Rhine at Wesel, © eyewave)
Home page/inside pages (group photo and certificate photo, © Andreas Wiese) (Fotolia: #23205163 — Congestion at highway construction site
© digitalstock)