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.

Merry Christmas from AmCham Slovakia!

As the message above says, the AmCham office wishes all members and friends a very pleasant Christmas season!   

December 16, 2019

Slovakia in Figures: Help us to promote Slovakia!

The most useful publication promoting Slovakia as a country with vast investment and trading opportunities will be produced again by AmCham Slovakia, in cooperation with ECENTER. 

December 13, 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

Global law firm Dentons launches Dublin office

Dentons, the world's largest law firm, today announced its expansion into the Irish market. Leading Irish lawyers Eavan Saunders and Peter O'Brien will found the office and Eavan will become Managing Partner. As part of its expansion plans, Dentons will be fully operational in Dublin from Q2 and intends to grow the office quickly. 

New electronic reporting of short-term stay of foreigners and Updates on the online reservation system for foreigners

Slovak Police has announced via social media a launch of new electronic reporting of short-term stay of foreigners. The announced change is in line with the Government Resolution on improving the business environment in Slovakia. 

December 19, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - November 2019

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Merry Christmas from AmCham Slovakia!

As the message above says, the AmCham office wishes all members and friends a very pleasant Christmas season!   

Slovakia in Figures: Help us to promote Slovakia!

The most useful publication promoting Slovakia as a country with vast investment and trading opportunities will be produced again by AmCham Slovakia, in cooperation with ECENTER. 

CMS recognised for outstanding M&A advisory work

CMS has been recognised by Mergermarket for its outstanding M&A advisory work for deals in the value range of EUR 30m-EUR 1bn. Other nominees in this category – “European Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year“ – included Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The Mergermarket European M&A Awards were held in London on 4 December 2019.

Merry Christmas from AmCham Slovakia!

As the message above says, the AmCham office wishes all members and friends a very pleasant Christmas season!   

Slovakia in Figures: Help us to promote Slovakia!

The most useful publication promoting Slovakia as a country with vast investment and trading opportunities will be produced again by AmCham Slovakia, in cooperation with ECENTER. 

AmCham Donation for the 2019 Thanksgiving Charity Drive

As every year, we took the opportunity to organize the Annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive to share with those who need it the most in our community.

AmCham cares about Slovakia´s competitiveness

AmCham together with 12 partner business associations and chambers of commerce call on political parties to ensure Slovakia’ s competitiveness. They prepared set of 20 recommendations aimed at improving the rule of law in Slovakia as developing the human capital of our country.

Connection magazine: Contribute to upcoming issue & 2020 Issue Plan

We would like to introduce the topics of the remaining issues for 2020, to help you plan your contributions in advance. From next year, Connection will be published as a quarterly, to better match AmCham’s goals and activities reflected in the four pillars. 

AmCham calls for more transparency in the selection of Telecommunications Regulatory Office Chairman

AmCham together with partner business associations (CTF, ITAS and RUZ ) addressed a letter to Jana Kiššová, Chairman of the parliamentary Economic Affairs Committee, calling for a public hearing of the candidate for the position of Chairman of the Regulatory Office for Electronic Communication and Postal Services.

Global law firm Dentons launches Dublin office

Dentons, the world's largest law firm, today announced its expansion into the Irish market. Leading Irish lawyers Eavan Saunders and Peter O'Brien will found the office and Eavan will become Managing Partner. As part of its expansion plans, Dentons will be fully operational in Dublin from Q2 and intends to grow the office quickly. 

New electronic reporting of short-term stay of foreigners and Updates on the online reservation system for foreigners

Slovak Police has announced via social media a launch of new electronic reporting of short-term stay of foreigners. The announced change is in line with the Government Resolution on improving the business environment in Slovakia. 

CMS recognised for outstanding M&A advisory work

CMS has been recognised by Mergermarket for its outstanding M&A advisory work for deals in the value range of EUR 30m-EUR 1bn. Other nominees in this category – “European Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year“ – included Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The Mergermarket European M&A Awards were held in London on 4 December 2019.

CMS named Slovakia Law Firm of the Year at the CIJ Awards

International law firm CMS is delighted to have been awarded Slovakia Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 CIJ Awards, held in Bratislava on Thursday evening.  

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Q1/2020

Do you know how will the overall number of employees in companies across Slovakia change by the end of March 2020 in comparision with the Q4/2019? 

Unique opportunity to visit SPILKA Offices

The only preserved building of former STEIN brewery, connected with photo exhibition.

December 19, 2019

Legislative & Policy Update - November 2019

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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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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