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.

BSCF 2020 - Business centers in Slovakia are flexible and growing - virtual teams, working from home and digital transformation

Bratislava - September 24, 2020 - Business and shared service centers have demonstrated a high level of flexibility and resilience to the external crisis. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the vast majority (97%) of these centers continued their activities without significant restrictions while maintaining high labor productivity. Also, the vast majority of these centers (84%) did not request any form of government assistance. This third largest industry in Slovakia is growing, the number of employees in business centers increased by 3.5 percent compared to last year. The labor market in this sector is also stable due to the economic situation, with about three out of ten business centers planning to further recruit more employees due to the growth of the centers in the coming months. On the other hand, a tenth of business centers in Slovakia allow a reduction in stocks.

September 24, 2020

AmCham met with Deputy PM V. Remišová

September 18, 2020 - AmCham met with Veronika Remišová, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Investments, Regional Development and Informatization and her team. Discussion focused on rule of law, innovation and regional development as all of these areas are shared priorities of both AmCham and the Ministry. 

September 18, 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:  

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Institutional Capital #ruleoflaw

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Innovation Capital #InnovativeSlovakia

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News and Updates

SMEs face endless challenges. Crowdberry and Mazars join forces aiming to drive their growth

The largest alternative investment platform in Slovakia and Czech Republic Crowdberry and international audit and advisory firm Mazars have signed a cooperation agreement. Considering recent extraordinary development, their common aim is to help privately-owned businesses at all stages of their business lifecycle, from start-up through to exit. The cooperation is focused on both companies and investors in order to connect innovative private and family businesses with a smart capital and thus contribute to their growth and value for the owners and future economy.  

CMS Bratislava: new partners

Oliver Werner takes over from Peter Šimo and new partner Soňa Hanková is joining the team of CMS Bratislava.

BSCF 2020 - Business centers in Slovakia are flexible and growing - virtual teams, working from home and digital transformation

Bratislava - September 24, 2020 - Business and shared service centers have demonstrated a high level of flexibility and resilience to the external crisis. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the vast majority (97%) of these centers continued their activities without significant restrictions while maintaining high labor productivity. Also, the vast majority of these centers (84%) did not request any form of government assistance. This third largest industry in Slovakia is growing, the number of employees in business centers increased by 3.5 percent compared to last year. The labor market in this sector is also stable due to the economic situation, with about three out of ten business centers planning to further recruit more employees due to the growth of the centers in the coming months. On the other hand, a tenth of business centers in Slovakia allow a reduction in stocks.

AmCham met with Deputy PM V. Remišová

September 18, 2020 - AmCham met with Veronika Remišová, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Investments, Regional Development and Informatization and her team. Discussion focused on rule of law, innovation and regional development as all of these areas are shared priorities of both AmCham and the Ministry. 

Women in Business - The pandemic has further intensified the demand for flexibility and a culture without prejudices

The current pandemic has brought even more uncertainty to the workplace and worsened the employment position of women, as the burden of employment increased in addition to rising unemployment in the form of unpaid work with regard to the care of children and family members. Employers, experts, and public officials discussed modern trends, opportunities, and challenges during a pandemic and how the support of women's talent works at the Digital Conference Women in Business, organized on Thursday by the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia.

The Slovak Matchmaking Fair is going ONLINE!

Slovak Matchmaking Fair has become a relevant platform connecting Slovak and foreign companies as well as academic sector, science, research, development over last 14 years and this year it will be connecting them ONLINE!

BSCF 2020 - Business centers in Slovakia are flexible and growing - virtual teams, working from home and digital transformation

Bratislava - September 24, 2020 - Business and shared service centers have demonstrated a high level of flexibility and resilience to the external crisis. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the vast majority (97%) of these centers continued their activities without significant restrictions while maintaining high labor productivity. Also, the vast majority of these centers (84%) did not request any form of government assistance. This third largest industry in Slovakia is growing, the number of employees in business centers increased by 3.5 percent compared to last year. The labor market in this sector is also stable due to the economic situation, with about three out of ten business centers planning to further recruit more employees due to the growth of the centers in the coming months. On the other hand, a tenth of business centers in Slovakia allow a reduction in stocks.

AmCham met with Deputy PM V. Remišová

September 18, 2020 - AmCham met with Veronika Remišová, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Investments, Regional Development and Informatization and her team. Discussion focused on rule of law, innovation and regional development as all of these areas are shared priorities of both AmCham and the Ministry. 

Women in Business - The pandemic has further intensified the demand for flexibility and a culture without prejudices

The current pandemic has brought even more uncertainty to the workplace and worsened the employment position of women, as the burden of employment increased in addition to rising unemployment in the form of unpaid work with regard to the care of children and family members. Employers, experts, and public officials discussed modern trends, opportunities, and challenges during a pandemic and how the support of women's talent works at the Digital Conference Women in Business, organized on Thursday by the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia.

Candidates for the AmCham Board of Directors 2020

Let us take this opportunity to remind you that AmCham Slovakia will hold the General Assembly online on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Respected Slovak experts put their heads together and defined three engines of long-term growth potential for Slovakia

If Slovakia wants to successfully and effectively use European Union money to transform the economy with a view to long-term sustainable growth and higher quality of life for future generations, the Slovak government must clearly define a long-term vision for the next decade, which is a society-wide consensus.

Patient-driven innovations in healthcare

We are glad to cooperate with the new leadership at Ministry of HealthCare that supports the development of data-driven, digital & personalized healthcare for the patient benefit. The meeting took place on August 13, 2020, in Bratislava.

SMEs face endless challenges. Crowdberry and Mazars join forces aiming to drive their growth

The largest alternative investment platform in Slovakia and Czech Republic Crowdberry and international audit and advisory firm Mazars have signed a cooperation agreement. Considering recent extraordinary development, their common aim is to help privately-owned businesses at all stages of their business lifecycle, from start-up through to exit. The cooperation is focused on both companies and investors in order to connect innovative private and family businesses with a smart capital and thus contribute to their growth and value for the owners and future economy.  

CMS Bratislava: new partners

Oliver Werner takes over from Peter Šimo and new partner Soňa Hanková is joining the team of CMS Bratislava.

The Slovak Matchmaking Fair is going ONLINE!

Slovak Matchmaking Fair has become a relevant platform connecting Slovak and foreign companies as well as academic sector, science, research, development over last 14 years and this year it will be connecting them ONLINE!

Survey on EU Next Generation Plan

We encourage you to participate in a brief survey on how Slovakia should use the resources available from the EU Next Generation Plan. 

Business Environment Index

Slovak Business Alliance (PAS) is preparing its regular Business Environment Index in order to monitor changes in the overall business environment. We encourage you to make your voice heard and fill out the survey

Apply for Fulbright Slovak Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers a great opportunity for accomplished Slovak scholars and professionals with academic experience to receive a grant to lecture and/or conduct independent research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields at U.S. universities and research institutions for 3 to 6 months. 


September 11, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - August 2020

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August 06, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - July 2020

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July 20, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - June 2020

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June 08, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - May 2020

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May 11, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - April 2020

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April 06, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - March 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.

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