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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.

Candidates for the AmCham Board of Directors 2024

Let us take this opportunity to remind you that AmCham Slovakia will hold the 2024 General Assembly online on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM. 

March 19, 2024

Cybersecurity and digital transformation – 2024 priority of the AmCham Digital Committee

Cybersecurity is at the forefront of our digital committee's agenda this year, touching upon and extending beyond all of our key priorities. 

March 18, 2024

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

Citi Appoints Jan Melichar as Citi Country Officer and Banking Head for Slovakia

Citibank Europe plc has appointed Jan Melichar as the Citi Country Officer (CCO) and Banking Head for Slovakia and Branch Manager for Citibank Europe plc, pobočka zahraničnej banky (CEP Slovakia). 

CMS European M&A Study 2024

CMS has announced the findings of the 16th edition of the CMS European M&A Study 2024, offering an in-depth analysis of the mergers and acquisitions landscape based on transactions CMS advised on. 

Pro Relocation moves into a new modern office and starts 3rd decade in the business

Pro Relocation s.r.o. (ProRelo), a leading relocation and immigration services provider in Slovakia, is thrilled to announce its relocation to a new office within Bratislava. ProRelos move to the new location in April 2024 will also mark a significant milestone, as the company celebrates 20th year in the busines.

Empowering Excellence: Welcoming Martin Zúbek as Audit Partner at BDO

BDO proudly announces the appointment of Martin Zúbek as our newest partner within the Audit Division. This strategic addition underscores our unwavering dedication to excellence and our ongoing quest to enhance client service.

Candidates for the AmCham Board of Directors 2024

Let us take this opportunity to remind you that AmCham Slovakia will hold the 2024 General Assembly online on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM. 

Implementation of Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework in Slovakia: Gateway for State Aid Subsidies to Investors Involved i

Slovakia is about to implement a state aid scheme to support investments in the production of equipment necessary for the net-zero economy transition such as batteries, solar panels, wind turbines, heat-pumps, electrolysers and equipment for capture and storage of carbon dioxide. 

Candidates for the AmCham Board of Directors 2024

Let us take this opportunity to remind you that AmCham Slovakia will hold the 2024 General Assembly online on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM. 

Cybersecurity and digital transformation – 2024 priority of the AmCham Digital Committee

Cybersecurity is at the forefront of our digital committee's agenda this year, touching upon and extending beyond all of our key priorities. 

Attractiveness of Europe: Agenda for Action 2024-2029

The attractiveness of Europe is under threat. A heavy regulatory agenda, protectionist trends and sluggish growth have created a difficult environment for business in a context of global uncertainty. But the future does not have to be bleak. 

The Transatlantic Economy 2024

The $8.7 trillion transatlantic economy is proving to be remarkably resilient in the face of global economic and strategic disruptions. The U.S. and Europe remain each other’s most important markets and geo-economic base. 

AmCham Board of Directors Elections: NOMINATION PERIOD

AmCham Slovakia would like to announce the official opening of the nomination period for the AmCham Board of Directors election 2024. All members in good standing have the right to nominate candidates to the AmCham Board of Directors and take part in voting*!  

Marek Chudík elected AmCham BSCF chairman

We would like to thank those members, who casted their votes in recent BSCF vacant chair election 2024 voting. The voting took place digitally via email from 14 February 2024 until 19 February 2024. 

Citi Appoints Jan Melichar as Citi Country Officer and Banking Head for Slovakia

Citibank Europe plc has appointed Jan Melichar as the Citi Country Officer (CCO) and Banking Head for Slovakia and Branch Manager for Citibank Europe plc, pobočka zahraničnej banky (CEP Slovakia). 

CMS European M&A Study 2024

CMS has announced the findings of the 16th edition of the CMS European M&A Study 2024, offering an in-depth analysis of the mergers and acquisitions landscape based on transactions CMS advised on. 

Pro Relocation moves into a new modern office and starts 3rd decade in the business

Pro Relocation s.r.o. (ProRelo), a leading relocation and immigration services provider in Slovakia, is thrilled to announce its relocation to a new office within Bratislava. ProRelos move to the new location in April 2024 will also mark a significant milestone, as the company celebrates 20th year in the busines.

Empowering Excellence: Welcoming Martin Zúbek as Audit Partner at BDO

BDO proudly announces the appointment of Martin Zúbek as our newest partner within the Audit Division. This strategic addition underscores our unwavering dedication to excellence and our ongoing quest to enhance client service.

Implementation of Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework in Slovakia: Gateway for State Aid Subsidies to Investors Involved i

Slovakia is about to implement a state aid scheme to support investments in the production of equipment necessary for the net-zero economy transition such as batteries, solar panels, wind turbines, heat-pumps, electrolysers and equipment for capture and storage of carbon dioxide. 

Artificial intelligence seems confident, but it cant find the difference between a cat and a dog, says an expert from Soitron

While the use of generative artificial intelligence is tempting, for it to be safe and useful, it must have its own rules, says Martin Lohnert, a member of Soitrons board and director of its void SOC security center. 

August 23, 2023

Legislative & Policy Update - August 2023

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June 20, 2023

Legislative & Policy Update - June 2023

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May 18, 2023

Legislative & Policy Update - May 2023

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April 19, 2023

Legislative & Policy Update - April 2023

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March 15, 2023

Legislative & Policy Update - March 2023

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February 23, 2023

Legislative & Policy Update - February 2023

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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