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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 AI Regulation is being prepared by the EU Commission!

What are the ethical and legal requirements that the Slovak expert community thinks are relevant? AI is a fast-evolving and strategic technology with tremendous opportunities. However, some of its uses pose specific significant risks to the application of various EU rules designed to protect fundamental rights, ensure safety and attribute liability.

June 21, 2021

TOWNHALL KOŠICE: The private sector has the opportunity to cooperate more intensively with universities and innovation hubs

In the Košice region, more than € 360 million of EU funds will be invested in infrastructure and support for innovative professional community platforms that will accelerate the transfer of innovation to urban life, support the development of the knowledge economy and create new jobs in the region.

June 16, 2021

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

The AI Regulation is being prepared by the EU Commission!

What are the ethical and legal requirements that the Slovak expert community thinks are relevant? AI is a fast-evolving and strategic technology with tremendous opportunities. However, some of its uses pose specific significant risks to the application of various EU rules designed to protect fundamental rights, ensure safety and attribute liability.

TOWNHALL KOŠICE: The private sector has the opportunity to cooperate more intensively with universities and innovation hubs

In the Košice region, more than € 360 million of EU funds will be invested in infrastructure and support for innovative professional community platforms that will accelerate the transfer of innovation to urban life, support the development of the knowledge economy and create new jobs in the region.

Volunteers do not hesitate for a moment

Not only during the pandemic but also right after the lifting of restrictions, steelmakers are always ready to provide a helping hand to various organizations. On June 18 and 19, 2021 (Friday and Saturday) they are organizing what is already the 15th year of the “Steelmakers for Košice 2021” company volunteer event. 

AmChams in Europe: position paper on EU-US Summit - A critical milestone for the global agenda

Leaders of the US and the EU are preparing to meet in person in Brussels on 15 June for the first time since 2014. The community of AmChams in Europe, representing impactful network of companies with operations in Europe, we see the summit as a critical milestone for the global agenda. 

June 10, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - May 2021

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Dentons Launches Dentons Global Advisors with Albright Stonebridge Group and Leading Advisory Industry Talent

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, today announced the launch of Dentons Global Advisors, an elite multidisciplinary advisory firm that provides integrated strategic counsel and support for clients facing complex opportunities and challenges spanning commercial, reputational, financial, regulatory and governance dimensions.

The AI Regulation is being prepared by the EU Commission!

What are the ethical and legal requirements that the Slovak expert community thinks are relevant? AI is a fast-evolving and strategic technology with tremendous opportunities. However, some of its uses pose specific significant risks to the application of various EU rules designed to protect fundamental rights, ensure safety and attribute liability.

TOWNHALL KOŠICE: The private sector has the opportunity to cooperate more intensively with universities and innovation hubs

In the Košice region, more than € 360 million of EU funds will be invested in infrastructure and support for innovative professional community platforms that will accelerate the transfer of innovation to urban life, support the development of the knowledge economy and create new jobs in the region.

AmChams in Europe: position paper on EU-US Summit - A critical milestone for the global agenda

Leaders of the US and the EU are preparing to meet in person in Brussels on 15 June for the first time since 2014. The community of AmChams in Europe, representing impactful network of companies with operations in Europe, we see the summit as a critical milestone for the global agenda. 

Call for Projects: Help us Improve Trust in Local Business Communities

Though environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues have traditionally been of secondary concern to business, most corporate leaders today understand that businesses have a key role to play in tackling urgent challenges such as climate change and others. Nowadays, many companies are already engaging and implementing projects and best practices that contribute to ESG factors. 

Public call on synergy support of projects eligible for regional investment aid

The Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic launched a new public call synergy support of projects eligible for regional investment aid. Predominantly, the call is aimed at companies already receiving regional investment aid from public budget of the Slovak Republic in accordance with Law No. 57/2018 on regional investment aid.

AmCham supports the Program of coordinators of digital competencies

AmCham´s Business-Academic Committee proudly supports activities of its member companies associated within the Digital Skills platform, recently opening registrations to the nation-wide Program of coordinators of digital competencies at elementary schools and eight years high schools. 

Volunteers do not hesitate for a moment

Not only during the pandemic but also right after the lifting of restrictions, steelmakers are always ready to provide a helping hand to various organizations. On June 18 and 19, 2021 (Friday and Saturday) they are organizing what is already the 15th year of the “Steelmakers for Košice 2021” company volunteer event. 

Dentons Launches Dentons Global Advisors with Albright Stonebridge Group and Leading Advisory Industry Talent

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, today announced the launch of Dentons Global Advisors, an elite multidisciplinary advisory firm that provides integrated strategic counsel and support for clients facing complex opportunities and challenges spanning commercial, reputational, financial, regulatory and governance dimensions.

FinQ's innovative financial education and financial culture development program delivers real results

On behalf of the Slovenská sporiteľňa Foundation, we would like to invite you to the FinQ panel discussion on Thursday, the 27th of May at 1:30 PM, during which the results of the pilot verification of the FinQ program from 25 primary and secondary schools will be presented.

The Ninth Win in the Public Procurement Category

The EPRAVO Group s. r. o. publishing house, in cooperation with TREND weekly magazine, announced the 2021 winners of the 9th edition of the prestigious Law Firm of the Year contest on 19th May 2021. RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS law firm was once again, for the ninth consecutive time, awarded the top prize in the Public Procurement category. 

Czech Women in AI expanding to Slovakia

Let us invite you to the fifth CWAI MONTHLY CLINIC. This time we have the honor to welcome Mrs. Martina Tauberova, Deputy Minister for EU and International Trade at Ministry of Industry and Trade in Czech Republic and Mrs. Anne Hakansson, Professor in Computer Science & AI Researcher at Tromso University, Norway and Docent in Computer Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Tomáš Búry promoted to Counsel

Allen & Overy is pleased to announce the promotion of Tomáš Búry to counsel in its global corporate practice as of 1 May 2021. Under the supervision of partner Martin Magál, Tomáš will be managing the A&O Bratislava Corporate team.

June 10, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - May 2021

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May 13, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - April 2021

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April 14, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - March 2021

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March 12, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - February 2021

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February 12, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - January 2021

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January 20, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - December 2020

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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