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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.

US lifts restrictions on transatlantic travel

AmCham Slovakia welcomes the decision by the US Administration to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers from the EU and other countries as of November. This announcement is an important step for many citizens, but also for global companies that rely on travel for their operations. 

September 21, 2021

Recovery and Resilience Facility

AmCham Slovakia believes that the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which was approved by the EU Commission in June, will bring many good reforms that would shape Slovakia as a place worth living, working, and doing business in. 

September 03, 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

US lifts restrictions on transatlantic travel

AmCham Slovakia welcomes the decision by the US Administration to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers from the EU and other countries as of November. This announcement is an important step for many citizens, but also for global companies that rely on travel for their operations. 

September 16, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - September 2021

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Recovery and Resilience Facility

AmCham Slovakia believes that the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which was approved by the EU Commission in June, will bring many good reforms that would shape Slovakia as a place worth living, working, and doing business in. 

Citi Appointed Munir Nanji as Central Europe Cluster Head and Citi Country Officer for Czech Republic

Citi has announced the appointment of Munir Nanji as Central Europe Cluster Head and Citi Country Officer (CCO) for Czech Republic, commencing September 1, 2021.

Zuzana Želinská nominated for Slovenka roka 2021 award

AVP | Finance & Operations of Ness Košice was selected as a nominee for a final round of reputable awards announced by magazine Slovenka and Slovak national theater under the wings of Slovak president Mrs. Zuzana Čaputová. 

US lifts restrictions on transatlantic travel

AmCham Slovakia welcomes the decision by the US Administration to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers from the EU and other countries as of November. This announcement is an important step for many citizens, but also for global companies that rely on travel for their operations. 

Recovery and Resilience Facility

AmCham Slovakia believes that the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which was approved by the EU Commission in June, will bring many good reforms that would shape Slovakia as a place worth living, working, and doing business in. 

BritishAmerican Business launches the 2021/22 Trade and Investment Guide to the U.S.

BritishAmerican Business launched the latest edition of its bi-annual Trade and Investment Guide to the U.S.  Updated for 2021/22, BAB's Trade and Investment Guide for the U.S. is a key resource for ambitious companies to find practical advice, guidance and insight when expanding and growing within the transatlantic corridor.

10 AmChams Signed the 2021 Sofia Declaration to Support Three Sees Initiative Future Development

3SI AmChams stand for economic growth, attracting investors’ interest, energy security, smart connectivity, and climate goals. AmChams and their network can bridge the gap between business and decision-makers to help investors build trust.

10 recommendations for better Construction Law

Employers consider the current failing system of spatial planning and building permits to be one of the main obstacles to the development of the business environment and raising the living standards of the population in Slovakia. 

Government support for companies: One-stop-shop

The Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic has recently launched a “One-stop-shop” for all companies and entrepreneurs seeking public support, funding or consultancy. The newly created webpage accumulates all relevant public information regarding public support schemes and mechanisms and disseminates data via filtering engines based on current situation, target groups, types of support or deliverables. 

Citi Appointed Munir Nanji as Central Europe Cluster Head and Citi Country Officer for Czech Republic

Citi has announced the appointment of Munir Nanji as Central Europe Cluster Head and Citi Country Officer (CCO) for Czech Republic, commencing September 1, 2021.

Zuzana Želinská nominated for Slovenka roka 2021 award

AVP | Finance & Operations of Ness Košice was selected as a nominee for a final round of reputable awards announced by magazine Slovenka and Slovak national theater under the wings of Slovak president Mrs. Zuzana Čaputová. 

Fulbright Program celebrates its 75th anniversary. Become a Fulbrighter

The Fulbright Program connects the United States with more than 160 partner countries worldwide, Slovakia being one of them. Program, which enhances mutual understanding and helps people and nations work together toward common goals, celebrates 75th anniversary this year. 


Excess liquidity in CEE – borrowers continue to drive the lending market

At the end of April, Allen & Overy held its 7th Annual CEE Finance Workshop bringing together experts from across the region for an online discussion on the latest loan market trends in CEE. The latest data shows the impact of COVID-19 – a “K”-shaped recovery in the region with borrowers’ position for negotiation strengthened.

Become a Mentor for Spacetech Europe Online Hackathon

SPACETECH EUROPE Online Hackathon is a unique opportunity to crowdsource innovative technological solutions to space-related issues, develop the next generation of Slovak, American, and European space experts, and promote U.S.-Slovak-European cooperation in this sector. 

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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March 12, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - February 2021

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February 12, 2021

Legislative & Policy Update - January 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