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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.

Slovakia entering lockdown as of November 25 + Manual for Employers

Following the official declaration of the Government of the Slovak Republic on 24 November 2021, a two-week lockdown for all citizens (including curfew) and a 90-day national emergency have entered into force on November 25 at midnight and will last at least until December 9

November 25, 2021

The Labor Mobility Scheme for Slovakia

The International Organization for Migration (IOM)  in cooperation with the European Commission provided technical support to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic for the development of a Labor Mobility Scheme for Slovakia (hereinafter referred as the Scheme). 

November 11, 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

Slovakia entering lockdown as of November 25 + Manual for Employers

Following the official declaration of the Government of the Slovak Republic on 24 November 2021, a two-week lockdown for all citizens (including curfew) and a 90-day national emergency have entered into force on November 25 at midnight and will last at least until December 9

University of Economics in Bratislava Earns AACSB International Accreditation

AACSB International (AACSB) announced on November 16th, 2021, that University of Economics in Bratislava has earned business accreditation as the first business school in former Czechoslovakia and the 3rd school in V4 countries. 

November 16, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - November 2021

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The Labor Mobility Scheme for Slovakia

The International Organization for Migration (IOM)  in cooperation with the European Commission provided technical support to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic for the development of a Labor Mobility Scheme for Slovakia (hereinafter referred as the Scheme). 

Changes to the System of Remedies under the Amendment to the Public Procurement Law

Around this time last year, the year before that and the year before that, we published three articles about changes to the system of remedies under the Slovak procurement law. Old habits die hard, so not even a full year has gone by and the procurement rules have been amended again. 

Employees´ meals will (again) feature new rules

On 26 October, members of parliament approved amendment to the Labor Code featuring new rules for meal plans of employees in Slovakia.

Slovakia entering lockdown as of November 25 + Manual for Employers

Following the official declaration of the Government of the Slovak Republic on 24 November 2021, a two-week lockdown for all citizens (including curfew) and a 90-day national emergency have entered into force on November 25 at midnight and will last at least until December 9

The Labor Mobility Scheme for Slovakia

The International Organization for Migration (IOM)  in cooperation with the European Commission provided technical support to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic for the development of a Labor Mobility Scheme for Slovakia (hereinafter referred as the Scheme). 

Employees´ meals will (again) feature new rules

On 26 October, members of parliament approved amendment to the Labor Code featuring new rules for meal plans of employees in Slovakia.

AmCham Charity Fundraising Drive 2021

As has been AmCham´s tradition in previous years, we will be conducting the annual Thanksgiving Gala Charity Dinner with the goal of sharing with those who need it the most in our communities. 

COP26: transatlantic business committed to climate action

In the coming two weeks global leaders will gather in Glasgow to accelerate action towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The COP26 summit marks a crucial milestone to help find shared solutions as we begin to see the concrete consequences of climate change across the globe. 

Entrepreneurial Municipality Program

On October 22, AmCham successfully wrapped-up an innovative training program “Entrepreneurial Municipality - Entrepreneurial Mindset for Public Administrators” for representatives of the Banská Bystrica self-governing region, delivered in close cooperation with the US Embassy in Slovakia. 

University of Economics in Bratislava Earns AACSB International Accreditation

AACSB International (AACSB) announced on November 16th, 2021, that University of Economics in Bratislava has earned business accreditation as the first business school in former Czechoslovakia and the 3rd school in V4 countries. 

Changes to the System of Remedies under the Amendment to the Public Procurement Law

Around this time last year, the year before that and the year before that, we published three articles about changes to the system of remedies under the Slovak procurement law. Old habits die hard, so not even a full year has gone by and the procurement rules have been amended again. 

Crowdberry to hold its first Czech Slovak forum on impact of growth capital

Czech and Slovak investors, company founders and entrepreneurs will meet to discuss and share their experience with growth capital and its impact on the value of companies. The first Crowdberry Forum is to be held on 23 November 2021 in the form of virtual conference and the program will consist of presentations and panel discussions attended by representatives of innovative Czech and Slovak companies such as Boataround, Footshop, GymBeam, Isadore, CreativePro and Sensoneo.

Patricia Gossányiová appointed Partner and Head of Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice in Slovakia

Global law firm Dentons has promoted Patricia Gossányiová to partner and appointed her Head of the Banking and Finance practice in Bratislava. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the delivery of high quality finance, capital markets and financial regulatory advice to the Firm’s clients in Slovakia.

Janssen Slovakia has a new Country Director

Júlia Dvorszki takes office as the new Country Director at Janssen Slovakia. Previously, she was the Head of Integrated Hematology HUB at Janssen Central Europe and Baltics. In Slovakia, she joined the team focusing mostly on the cancer, hematology, mental health and auto-immune diseases portfolio.

SmartHead to represent sustainable innovations at EXPO 2020 in Dubai

After last years postponement, EXPO 2020 officially began on October 1st. This time, in exotic Dubai. With its solution the digital Sustainability Profile - SmartHead will represent innovations in the field of digitisation of corporate sustainability. 

November 16, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - November 2021

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October 20, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - October 2021

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September 16, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - September 2021

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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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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