AmCham Slovakia

clap

Continual development of the business environment in Slovakia through Committees and other initiatives.


AmCham Slovakia has a powerful and direct legislative impact in Slovakia, supporting the continuous improvement of business environment in Slovakia for more than 25 years.

Košice As a Magnet: East Slovakia Bracing Up for Innovation to Compete with Other EU Regions

Digital transformation attracts talents back to regions. Cities in East Slovakia have the potential to become vibrant places for life and an interesting alternative to the capital. 

November 27, 2020

TOP 5 Initial Priorities of the President-Elect Biden Administration

As the world works to overcome Covid, economic power ebbs away globally, technology disrupts how we work, and the climate continues to change, the decisions the next US administration makes will have a major influence on global economic recovery.

November 20, 2020

Pillars



AmCham´s mission is to improve the business environment in Slovakia and increase the country´s competitiveness. By combining our members´ focus and expertise with most crucial areas for the country we focus our advocacy efforts on the following four pillars:  

 

policy_agenda2020300.png

Created with Sketch.

Regional Capital #eastinnovation

wGogn5PM
Created with Sketch.

Institutional Capital #ruleoflaw

sAFNrwI0

Capital of Talents #skills4future

xFxRxaFw
Created with Sketch.

Innovation Capital #InnovativeSlovakia

7C4Zxrl6

News and Updates

Survey on public sector decentralization

We encourage you to fill out a survey on public sector decentralization. Initially prepared by the Business Alliance of Slovakia (PAS) in cooperation with INEKO Institute, it will serve as a valuable input for an in-depth analysis, scheduled for public presentation in spring 2021. 

Košice As a Magnet: East Slovakia Bracing Up for Innovation to Compete with Other EU Regions

Digital transformation attracts talents back to regions. Cities in East Slovakia have the potential to become vibrant places for life and an interesting alternative to the capital. 

TOP 5 Initial Priorities of the President-Elect Biden Administration

As the world works to overcome Covid, economic power ebbs away globally, technology disrupts how we work, and the climate continues to change, the decisions the next US administration makes will have a major influence on global economic recovery.

Virtual Open Day at The British International School Bratislava

Are you looking for new school for your child(ren)? Register for our Virtual Open Day to find out why BISB is the best choice for your child. We would always prefer to meet you in person, but if that is not possible due to school closures and travel restrictions, join us virtually and we will do our best to bring our school to you!

November 12, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - October 2020

Format: pdf, size: 0.24 MB

download

Covid-19 and labor law in Slovakia

Webinar organized by the Slovak-Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

Košice As a Magnet: East Slovakia Bracing Up for Innovation to Compete with Other EU Regions

Digital transformation attracts talents back to regions. Cities in East Slovakia have the potential to become vibrant places for life and an interesting alternative to the capital. 

TOP 5 Initial Priorities of the President-Elect Biden Administration

As the world works to overcome Covid, economic power ebbs away globally, technology disrupts how we work, and the climate continues to change, the decisions the next US administration makes will have a major influence on global economic recovery.

AmCham Charity Fundraising Drive 2020

As has been AmCham´s tradition in previous years, we will be conducting the annual Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our communities.

Slovakia has a unique chance to reduce the time it takes for cancer patients to move from diagnosis to treatment

The path of a cancer patient to treatment is lengthy. Innovative technologies can significantly accelerate it and Slovakia would be able to procure them thanks to the EU Recovery Fund.

AmCham Membership Survey 2020

We kindly ask you for taking part in our Membership Survey. This is an unique opportunity for us to understand your needs and improve our services we provide to you, our members.

Digital Transformation needs to be a priority for Slovakia

Employer associations and digital platforms see the Recovery and Resilience Fund as a unique opportunity for Slovakia to embrace digital transformation.

Survey on public sector decentralization

We encourage you to fill out a survey on public sector decentralization. Initially prepared by the Business Alliance of Slovakia (PAS) in cooperation with INEKO Institute, it will serve as a valuable input for an in-depth analysis, scheduled for public presentation in spring 2021. 

Virtual Open Day at The British International School Bratislava

Are you looking for new school for your child(ren)? Register for our Virtual Open Day to find out why BISB is the best choice for your child. We would always prefer to meet you in person, but if that is not possible due to school closures and travel restrictions, join us virtually and we will do our best to bring our school to you!

Covid-19 and labor law in Slovakia

Webinar organized by the Slovak-Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

Amazon Academy on Delivering Sustainability in Europe; Net Zero Carbon by 2040

virtual event organized by Amazon on November 18, 2020 at 4 PM CET.

Slovak marketing agency Promiseo among Technology Fast 500 EMEA companies

There are a handful of marketing agencies around Slovakia that are doing their best to excel in their field and provide quality services to their clients. One of them is Promiseo, a Košice-based company which entered its 11th year of existence this August. 

Cybersecurity at the universities - Study visit to the US. Update: hybrid form

Fulbright Commission invites universities (both private and public) that offer cybersecurity programs (or plan to open one) to apply for a study visit in the U.S. Due to the ongoing restrictions generated by the pandemic, the visit will be held in a hybrid form. 


November 12, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - October 2020

Format: pdf, size: 0.24 MB

download
October 11, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - September 2020

Format: pdf, size: 0.55 MB

download
September 11, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - August 2020

Format: pdf, size: 0.33 MB

download
August 06, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - July 2020

Format: pdf, size: 0.58 MB

download
July 20, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - June 2020

Format: pdf, size: 0.48 MB

download
June 08, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - May 2020

Format: pdf, size: 0.58 MB

download

Policy process

Work in Committees and Task Forces
Voluntary participation, no entitlement for compensation.Voluntary participation, no entitlement for compensation.
 
Chairperson – elected by members of the Committee, approved by the Board
Vice Chair – assists with coordination, in the absence of the Chair takes over the leadership

  • Meetings – should be on a regular basis, preferably once a month
  • Agenda – prepared by C. Coordinator 5 working days in advance
  • Minutes – Actions and Decisions – sent to C. members within 7 working days after the meeting

Preparation of Advocacy Plans and Lobbying Strategies
Every advocacy/lobbying initiative should be accompanied by an Advocacy Plan, available at the members only website area, containing:

  • Lobbying Tool – Position Papers, Policy Briefs, Press Releases
  • Target Audience – Government, Parliament, Stakeholders
  • Timeframe – adapted to the AmCham rules and procedures, legislative process or other processes of concern
  • Possible Coalitions – Foreign Chambers of Commerce in SR, business alliances, organizations or federations
  • Leadership and Issue – Ownership - Chairs, Vice-Chairs, Spokespersons

Approval of Position Papers and Position Letters
Standard approval procedure

  • First stage - pre-draft of a Position Statement, written by a member or committee coordinator is circulated among AmCham members that have expressed interest in the given topic. Comments to be submitted within 5 working days.
  • Second stage -  members’ suggestions incorporated and an appropriate wording of the position formulated. The second stage shall not exceed 3 working days.
  • Third (final) stage - final draft circulated among members and AmCham Board Members for their review. Conflicting requirements to be resolved by the coordinator. The final stage must not last more than 5 working days. Not responding within this timeframe is considered as an approval.
Fast-track procedure

In case an urgent Position of AmCham needs to be released – two working days. The fast-track procedure has been amended on the Board Meeting in Oct. 2007.

  • First phase (24 hours –  one working day): AmCham consults the proposed Statement (and enclosed Advocacy Plan / Lobbying Strategy if applicable) with Members of the Board Policy / Advocacy Standing Committee; potential comments and subsequent approval of at least three Members of the Policy Standing Committee and at least one Member of the AmCham Executive Committee are needed within a 24-hour period.  In addition, an Executive Sponsor from within the Board must be identified for each initiative.
  • Second phase (48 hours – two working days): AmCham sends the draft of the Position Statement in the version approved by the Policy Standing Committee to the full Board. This stage should not last more than two working days. Not responding within this timeframe is considered as approval. Unless a member involved in the process is not happy with the final version, the position paper can be released.

Testimonials

The Business Academic Committee is one of the most active groups at Amcham and our members have contributed many ideas that have turned into actions and concrete results with a very high success rate. We have a constant dialogue with the Ministry of Education and influence decisions that have an effect on all Amcham members. We provide forums where the best and brightest students from our Universities can find their match in the Business world. We bring Deans and Professors in the same room with CEOs to exchange ideas and foster communication. We have success stories that speak for themselves: students turned into interns, interns turned into new hires and on their path to be our future leaders.

martin_kardos.jpg

Martin Kardoš, CSI Leasing