In its first and constituent meeting after the local elections, the new Münster Regional Council elected the mayor of Borken, Mechtild Schulze Hessing (CDU), as its new chairwoman. Mechtild Schulze Hessing emphasized that she wanted to convince with her work and represent the local family "for our Münsterland". She is hoping for an open dialogue on the important tasks and setting the course for the future, said the new chairwoman.
Due to the results of the local elections in September 2020, the proportions of votes and the distribution of seats in the Münster Regional Council have changed only slightly: the CDU still has eight seats and remains the strongest parliamentary group. In the FDP, too, one seat remains unchanged. The SPD has lost one mandate and now has four seats. The Alliance 90 / Greens won two more seats, giving them four seats. The left are no longer represented in the new regional council.
Of the 17 voting members, 13 voted for the new chairperson and 4 against her. Gerti Tanjsek (SPD) became the deputy. 13 of the 17 eligible voters also voted for them (one vote against, three abstentions). Like Mechtild Schulze Hessing, the Bocholter also represents the Borken district in the regional council. In addition to the voting members, another 15 advisory members belong to the regional council. They are made up of representatives of the chambers, associations and main administrative officials from the region.
The Münster Regional Council is a political body that makes structural policy decisions for the Münsterland. Every five years, in the course of local elections, the members to be sent directly to the regional council are elected in the district assemblies and the independent cities of the Münsterland, and other members of the state parties are appointed via so-called reserve lists.
District President Dorothee Feller emphasized the importance of the regional council for the region: “One of your main tasks is regional planning for the Münsterland. The most important instrument for this is the regional plan. In it all regional goals of spatial planning and state planning for the development of the planning area for a period of ten to fifteen years are specified. These include, for example, municipal development opportunities, the protection of the landscape and nature, as well as excavation areas and areas for wind turbines. "
As part of the structural policy of the Münsterland, the transport and urban development in the region and the associated application for and distribution of funding is another important task. The regional council bundles the interests of the cities, municipalities and districts and takes into account the different needs when expanding the infrastructure of the Münsterland.
All members of the regional council have experience in local politics and are active in city and local councils as well as in district assemblies. This ensures that the municipal interests are of great importance at the meetings of the regional council and that these are also communicated to the district government and the state government.
The regional council meets at least four times a year for public meetings on the premises of the Münster district government. The regional council office, which has been set up specifically in the department for regional development, plans and accompanies these meetings.