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.

Great overview of AI University courses in Slovakia

Slovak universities offer 91 courses in AI field for the students.

July 01, 2020

AmCham representatives met with met with Vladimír Ledecký, soon-to-be State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development

On 22nd June, AmCham’s President Gabriel Galgóci, Executive Director Ronald Blaško, Policy officer Marek Hrubčo, and Member of the Board, Peter Fischer, met with Vladimír Ledecký, soon-to-be State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development. 

June 23, 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

Bird & Bird law firm strengthens its team in Bratislava

As of July 2020, the Slovak Bird & Bird team has been strengthened by an experienced senior lawyer Ivan Kisely who is joining on the position of Counsel.

Great overview of AI University courses in Slovakia

Slovak universities offer 91 courses in AI field for the students.

Dentons helps GCs to plan for the next 12 months and beyond with a New Dynamic toolkit

Dentons has launched a New Dynamic toolkit, leveraging the insights of its ex-General Counsel contingent (from Nextlaw In-House Solutions) as well as the insights of legal operational specialists, talent and innovation to create a toolkit to help GCs and In-house legal teams address and reflect on a broader range of topics that will help to inform their strategic planning and help them to navigate the unknown in this New Dynamic.

Wolf Theiss Expands in Slovakia: Bruno Štefánik and Marko Ernek Join Bratislava Office

Bruno Štefánik and Marko Ernek will join the Bratislava office of Wolf Theiss as Counsel and Senior Associate respectively on 1 July 2020. Recruitment of the two recognized and experienced lawyers is the first step in the planned expansion of the firms business in Slovakia.

AmCham representatives met with met with Vladimír Ledecký, soon-to-be State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development

On 22nd June, AmCham’s President Gabriel Galgóci, Executive Director Ronald Blaško, Policy officer Marek Hrubčo, and Member of the Board, Peter Fischer, met with Vladimír Ledecký, soon-to-be State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development. 

BISB Scholarship Programme

British International School Bratislava is happy to announce that we offer scholarships to Primary and Secondary students, covering 10-20% of annual tuition fees. 

Great overview of AI University courses in Slovakia

Slovak universities offer 91 courses in AI field for the students.

AmCham representatives met with met with Vladimír Ledecký, soon-to-be State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development

On 22nd June, AmCham’s President Gabriel Galgóci, Executive Director Ronald Blaško, Policy officer Marek Hrubčo, and Member of the Board, Peter Fischer, met with Vladimír Ledecký, soon-to-be State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development. 

AmCham representatives met with Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport Branislav Gröhling

On June 2, AmCham representatives met with Minister Branislav Gröhling to discuss common areas of interest and present opportunities for cooperation with the Ministry of Education. 

AmCham representatives met with Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance E. Heger

On June 1, AmCham representatives met with Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance Eduard Heger, State Secretary Marcel Klimek, Value for Money Department Director Stefan Kišš and General Director of Tax & Customs Department Daniela Klučková to discuss potential areas for cooperation.

slovak.AI contributed to the new forecast model Covid-19 released by the Health Ministry’s Health Policy Institute (IZP).

slovak.AI has activated more than 60 people interested in mathematical modeling and data analysis in cooperation with the Covid-19 dissemination situation modeling with the Institute of Health Policy of the Ministry of Health (IZP). 

Questionnaire for entrepreneurs on state assistance in the impacts of COVID-19

The Economic Crisis Staff at the Office of the Government of the Slovak Republic conducts a short questionnaire survey among entrepreneurs, the aim of which is to obtain feedback on current state aid to companies affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, on the basis of this feedback, the Government will formulate recommendations for flexibility and simplification of the aid system.

Bird & Bird law firm strengthens its team in Bratislava

As of July 2020, the Slovak Bird & Bird team has been strengthened by an experienced senior lawyer Ivan Kisely who is joining on the position of Counsel.

Dentons helps GCs to plan for the next 12 months and beyond with a New Dynamic toolkit

Dentons has launched a New Dynamic toolkit, leveraging the insights of its ex-General Counsel contingent (from Nextlaw In-House Solutions) as well as the insights of legal operational specialists, talent and innovation to create a toolkit to help GCs and In-house legal teams address and reflect on a broader range of topics that will help to inform their strategic planning and help them to navigate the unknown in this New Dynamic.

Wolf Theiss Expands in Slovakia: Bruno Štefánik and Marko Ernek Join Bratislava Office

Bruno Štefánik and Marko Ernek will join the Bratislava office of Wolf Theiss as Counsel and Senior Associate respectively on 1 July 2020. Recruitment of the two recognized and experienced lawyers is the first step in the planned expansion of the firms business in Slovakia.

BISB Scholarship Programme

British International School Bratislava is happy to announce that we offer scholarships to Primary and Secondary students, covering 10-20% of annual tuition fees. 

Venture Capital in Slovakia and the impact of Covid-19 on Venture Capital

We invite you to listen to very first podcast of Allen&Overy Bratislava dedicated to Venture Capital in Slovakia and the impact of Covid-19 on this industry.

Law Firm of the Year for the Seventh Time

The EPRAVO Group s. r. o. publishing house, in cooperation with TREND weekly magazine, announced the 2020 winners of the 8th edition of the prestigious Law Firm of the Year contest on 13 May 2020. RUŽIČKA AND PARTNERS law firm claimed the top prize Domestic Law Firm of the Year for the seventh time. 

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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March 06, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - February 2020

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February 27, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - January 2020

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January 29, 2020

Legislative & Policy Update - December 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