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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.

The importance of the transparent selection of the Head of the Supreme Audit Office

Employers' associations, chambers of commerce and business associations joined in the Rule of Law Initiative perceive the importance of transparent selection procedures of the head of the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic, which alone will provide selection of the best candidates and thus strengthen public confidence and the business community in the professionalism of public institutions necessary for attractive business environment and law enforcement. 

May 04, 2022

Results of the Elections of the AmCham Board of Directors

As you may know, today the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic held the online General Assembly. The results of 2022 elections of the AmCham Board of Directors were officially announced to the members present at the AmCham General Assembly.  

May 03, 2022

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:  

 

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Regional Capital #eastinnovation

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Capital of Talents #skills4future

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Innovation Capital #InnovativeSlovakia

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News and Updates

May 17, 2022

Legislative & Policy Update - May 2022

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10th win in the Public Procurement category!

The publishing house EPRAVO Group s. r. o. in cooperation with the weekly TREND announced on 26. 4. 2022 the winners of the 10th annual Law Firm of the Year 2022 awards. RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS has been awarded the title for the tenth time in a row in the category of Public Procurement. In addition, the firm has ranked first in the prestigious category of Mergers & Acquisitions.

The importance of the transparent selection of the Head of the Supreme Audit Office

Employers' associations, chambers of commerce and business associations joined in the Rule of Law Initiative perceive the importance of transparent selection procedures of the head of the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic, which alone will provide selection of the best candidates and thus strengthen public confidence and the business community in the professionalism of public institutions necessary for attractive business environment and law enforcement. 

Results of the Elections of the AmCham Board of Directors

As you may know, today the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic held the online General Assembly. The results of 2022 elections of the AmCham Board of Directors were officially announced to the members present at the AmCham General Assembly.  

Promotions in Bird & Bird’s Bratislava team

Ivan Kisely, Counsel based in Bird & Bird’s Bratislava office, has been promoted to Partner, effective from 1 May 2022.

Community projects in the region are given the green light

U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o. today published the names of organizations and projects that will receive support within the Together for the Region 2022 grant program.

The importance of the transparent selection of the Head of the Supreme Audit Office

Employers' associations, chambers of commerce and business associations joined in the Rule of Law Initiative perceive the importance of transparent selection procedures of the head of the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic, which alone will provide selection of the best candidates and thus strengthen public confidence and the business community in the professionalism of public institutions necessary for attractive business environment and law enforcement. 

Results of the Elections of the AmCham Board of Directors

As you may know, today the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic held the online General Assembly. The results of 2022 elections of the AmCham Board of Directors were officially announced to the members present at the AmCham General Assembly.  

World ballet choreographers in Slovak National Theater!

Do not miss the opportunity and be among the first to experience an exceptional evening of the best of the world's ballet in the SND Ballet!

EXIMBANKA SR provides favourable financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) funds

EXIMBANKA SR brings advantageous possibilities for financing investment projects and operating capital. The funds are intended to support the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and medium-sized companies (MID-CAPS).

The Slovak government has gradually resigned from strict and transparent selection procedures

Employers' associations, chambers of commerce and business associations joined in the Rule of Law Initiative are following the gradual resignation of the Slovak government to strict and transparent selection procedures for control and regulatory bodies that are necessary for the quality of business environment and law enforcement with great concern.

Directory of Members & Who is Who Almanac

AmCham Slovakia will soon publish the 20th edition of its annual “Directory of Members” yearbook. In this jubilee edition, we would like to promote YOU - the leaders of the Slovak business community. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of WHO IS WHO ALMANAC with other top CEOs of AmCham member companies.

10th win in the Public Procurement category!

The publishing house EPRAVO Group s. r. o. in cooperation with the weekly TREND announced on 26. 4. 2022 the winners of the 10th annual Law Firm of the Year 2022 awards. RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS has been awarded the title for the tenth time in a row in the category of Public Procurement. In addition, the firm has ranked first in the prestigious category of Mergers & Acquisitions.

Promotions in Bird & Bird’s Bratislava team

Ivan Kisely, Counsel based in Bird & Bird’s Bratislava office, has been promoted to Partner, effective from 1 May 2022.

Community projects in the region are given the green light

U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o. today published the names of organizations and projects that will receive support within the Together for the Region 2022 grant program.

The Transatlantic Economy Report 2022

A new survey from the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that the transatlantic trade and investment relationship hit record-breaking numbers in 2021. 

AmChams in Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

AmChams in Europe, the umbrella organisation for 46 AmChams in 44 countries across Europe and Eurasia, stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The ongoing invasion of Ukraine violates international law and endangers peace and security across the region. It poses a clear threat to fundamental values of human dignity, democracy, rule of law and solidarity.

A&O Bratislava maintains its market leading position in Chambers Global 2022 rankings for Slovakia

Allen & Overy Bratislava has held its market leading position in the Chambers Global 2022 rankings. The results were announced on 18 February 2022. In addition to being ranked Band 1 in the Corporate/ M&A and Banking & Finance categories, Allen & Overy remains the only law firm with a Dispute Resolution team ranked in Band 1.

May 17, 2022

Legislative & Policy Update - May 2022

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April 20, 2022

Legislative & Policy Update - April 2022

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March 16, 2022

Legislative & Policy Update - March 2022

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February 18, 2022

Legislative & Policy Update - February 2022

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January 18, 2022

Legislative & Policy Update - January 2022

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December 16, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - December 2021

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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.

Election Process

A Committee coordinator (member of AmCham policy team) is responsible for conducting a transparent and smooth process of nominations, digital voting via email/Google sheets and announcement of the results.

 

Committee Election Process:

  1. A leadership of each committee will be voted by members of a respective committee after two calendar years.
  2. Only committee members are allowed to run for the elections and have a right to vote.
  3. Each company would have 1 vote (filling out 1 election ballot giving their preferential vote to 1 chair and 1 vice-chair).
  4. Chairs and vicechairs are allowed to run for reelection without any limit on the number of terms.
  5. The Board reserves the right to dismiss a chair and/or vicechair of a committee in case of serious breach of ethical principles and/or lack of professional competency and/ or capacity to lead the committee.

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.

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Martin Kardoš, CSI Leasing