Information about Rhineland-Palatinate
Just hearing the name Rheinland-Pfalz (RP) makes you think of the majestic river running through this state and the legends it has produced. You might also think of Germany's largest wine-growing region - hence the nickname '''Wineland-Pfalz'' - and the world's largest sparkling wine producer. But wine, legend, and beauty aren't all there is to RP.
The region has the good fortune to share borders with France, Luxembourg, and Belgium, with which it has close business connections. It also benefits greatly from its proximity to Frankfurt, its infrastructure, and its connections to the wider world. RP has earned its own economic reputation, too, as fourth in the top 10 European regions with the largest number of high-tech companies and as the state with the highest rate of exports - 46 percent - relative to production. Major industries include pharmaceuticals, vehicle manufacturing, and mechanical engineering.
Giants aren't the norm, though, as small and medium-sized companies really drive RP's dynamism and innovation. Much success is also owed to RP's renowned universities, research institutes, and technical centers, and, of course, to the region's 2,000-year tradition as a center of innovation and culture.
Business Related Sites in Rhineland-Palatinate
Foreign entrepreneurs will find many state level institutions that offer helpful support for business operations.
The State of Rheinland-Pfalz
The official website of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz is a first source of information on local matters.
Investitions- und Strukturbank Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB) GmbH
As the central economic development agency, the Investitions- und Strukturbank Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB) GmbH provides the entire spectrum of business support services.
State Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate for Economic Affairs, Traffic, Agriculture and Viniculture (German only)
The State Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate for Economic Affairs, Traffic, Agriculture and Viniculture is the central contact point in questions of trade promotion and new market development.
Starterzentren (German only)
Portal of the startup-center network in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, which is maintained by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the Chambers of Skilled Crafts and Trades. The 28 local startup-centers are contact points for new entrepreneurs and young businesses.
Rhineland-Palatinate Tourist Board
Online travel guide Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH (RPT).
Point of Single Contact in Rhineland-Palatinate
Service businesses from EU Member States seeking for support with the German administrative procedures may address the local Points of Single Contact. These state run one-stop-shops will guide them through the necessary paper work.
Operating a business often requires that you contact the relevant government authorities: Especially for business start-ups, approvals and permissions must be obtained. The Point of Single Contact (PSC) of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz offers support to businesses in all industry sectors. The PSC gives advice on the required authorizations, provides the necessary forms, and relieves you from having to address multiple authorities. Moreover, the PSC ensures that the appropriate authorities process all requests in a timely manner.
The service of the Points of Single Contact is optional. Entrepreneurs may always contact the relevant authorities directly, if they prefer. Moreover, there are many institutions at the state level that may be addressed for further support.