AmCham Slovakia

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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.

Fundraising: AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Drive

While organizing our annual AmCham Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner 2019 we would like to take this opportunity to host our Annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive (boltom) with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our community.

November 12, 2019

Nominate your charity for AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Drive!

While organizing our annual AmCham Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner, we will also be conducting the annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our communities.

October 23, 2019

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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News and Updates

November 18, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - October 2019

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Get ready for VAT Act amendment with Mazars Tax Alert

The amendment to the Slovak Value Added Tax Act No. 222/2004 Coll. (hereinafter "VAT Act") was approved on 15 October 2019. The Amendment comes into force as of 1 January 2020. 

Fundraising: AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Drive

While organizing our annual AmCham Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner 2019 we would like to take this opportunity to host our Annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive (boltom) with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our community.

Evolveum and Nomura Research Institute enter strategic partnership agreement

Evolveum s.r.o. with CEO Igor Farinic, with a head office in Slovakia, Central Europe, has developed an open source software midPoint. People of Evolveum realize the importance of security and governance in administrating users identities. 

October 31, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - September 2019

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Nominate your charity for AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Drive!

While organizing our annual AmCham Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner, we will also be conducting the annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our communities.

Fundraising: AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Drive

While organizing our annual AmCham Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner 2019 we would like to take this opportunity to host our Annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive (boltom) with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our community.

Nominate your charity for AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Drive!

While organizing our annual AmCham Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner, we will also be conducting the annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our communities.

Declarations vs. reality in strengthening rule of law in Slovakia

Joint statement of the Rule of Law Initiative - a platform of 12 major business associations and chambers of commerce in Slovakia

Condolences to the family of Prof. Komornik

AmCham Slovakia would like to express its deepest condolences to the family of professor Jozef Komornik, former dean of the Faculty of Management of Comenius University.

Joint Statement of the American Chambers of Commerce in support of the Three Seas Initiative

The Three Seas Initiative is moving forward with the common goal of improving the connectivity and cohesion of the twelve partner countries in Central Europe and the wider European home.

"Vráť sa" initiative launched on 21 May

AmCham has joined forces with LEAF and SAPIE as we are committed to provide Slovaks living abroad with motivating opportunities and competitive job vacancies in Slovakia. Talent will remain a key to continued economic growth of the country. As Slovakia moves up the value chain in global economy, we inspire our members to support the freshly-launched initiative Vráť sa by providing their high-value job vacancies to Slovaks living abroad, who consider return back home to Slovakia. 

Get ready for VAT Act amendment with Mazars Tax Alert

The amendment to the Slovak Value Added Tax Act No. 222/2004 Coll. (hereinafter "VAT Act") was approved on 15 October 2019. The Amendment comes into force as of 1 January 2020. 

Evolveum and Nomura Research Institute enter strategic partnership agreement

Evolveum s.r.o. with CEO Igor Farinic, with a head office in Slovakia, Central Europe, has developed an open source software midPoint. People of Evolveum realize the importance of security and governance in administrating users identities. 

First global midPoint community meet up

First October weekend could not have a better start for midPoint enthusiasts. They could finally all meet together in Brussels during the 3rd Hackathon event organized by European Commission together with EU DIGITs FOSSA 2.

Combination of Dentons US, Bingham Greenebaum and Cohen & Grigsby is the first step toward creating the first truly national US

Through this combination – the largest by headcount and revenue in the United States so far in 2019 – Dentons US, Bingham Greenebaum and Cohen & Grigsby seek to connect clients to top tier legal talent, from coast to coast as well as around the world.

Summary Report from SmartHead Sustainability Summit 2019

SmartHead would like to share with all AmCham members the results from the first edition of SmartHead Sustainability Summit 2019. We would like to say a big THANKS to all parties who showed interest, engaged and helped us to make the first SmartHead Sustainability Summit happen.

Allen & Overy has helped major Slovak banks to shape the Slovak covered bond market

In less than one year, Allen & Overy has helped major Slovak banks to shape the Slovak covered bond market.

November 18, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - October 2019

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October 31, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - September 2019

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September 30, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - August 2019

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August 12, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - July 2019

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July 09, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - June 2019

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May 09, 2019

Legislative and Policy Update - April 2019

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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.

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