For the first time, members of the public elected the Ruhr Parliament directly in 2020. The Ruhr parliament makes decisions regarding the work of the Ruhr Regional Association.
The RVR and the Ruhr Parliament, also known as the General Meeting of the Association, make the Ruhr Metropolis a united political entity.
The Ruhr Parliament is the democratically mandated umbrella organisation for the Ruhr area, and the direct election gives it a new and more significant weight, allowing the Ruhr area to speak with a single voice. The parliamentarians were previously delegated from the municipal councils.
The Ruhr Parliament initiates action for regional networking and inter-municipal cooperation within the Ruhr area. The parliamentarians make decisions in specialist committees and the General Meeting of the Association to decide on a wide range of projects for the region.