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December 11, 2014

My Prague Photo Contest 2014

Thanks to our sponsor Huawei Technologies, AmCham organized Photo contest for its members taking smartphone pictures of their favorite places and interesting events in Prague.

The three best photos have been awarded at Christmas Committee Mixer on 10 December where all guests could vote for the best photo.

1st price: Ascend P7 - Markéta Šebková, Hilton Prague Hotel
2nd price: Ascend G7 - Jacky Damwani, Suit and Me
3nd price: Ascend Y530 - Lenka Koláriková, Squire Patton Boggs

Congratulations.

December 09, 2014

9th December: International Anti-Corruption Day

The 2014 International Anti-Corruption Day's theme is Break the Corruption Chain. 5 ambassadors in the Czech Republic are applauding the Czech government in an open letter to step up the fulfillment of the anti-corruption commitments. A day for raising awareness of corruption and highlighting the role of the UN’s Convention against Corruption. Corruption is a global challenge that reduces our prosperity by 5% of global GDP every year ($2.6 trillion - World Economic Forum). Corruption also undermines the stability of societies, and governments’ ability to meet the needs of their citizens. Our governments are committed to battling corruption in all its forms at home and abroad.

December 05, 2014

Michal Nebeský of Citibank voted in as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic

By unanimous vote, the AmCham Board of Directors has approved Michal Nebeský. Country Officer for Citibank, to serve as President until July 2015. Nebeský replaces Dan Ťok, who left the private sector for public service.

Nebeský has served on the board of directors since 2013 and was vice-president of finance since July 2014. He has been active in our advocacy efforts, particularly with our meetings with politicians after parliamentary elections and prior to Prague’s municipal election.


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December 17, 2014

Andrew Schapiro, US Ambassador met with AmCham members

On December 10, AmCham members met with U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew Schapiro at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. In his remarks, the Ambassador discussed the significance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), maintaining united diplomatic pressure against Russia through sanctions, and the importance of good governance and anti-corruption initiatives. He encouraged members to break the chain of corruption by remaining steadfast and united in combatting such activity in the business community, and added that an active and engaged civil society is one of the most important hallmarks of ensuring good governance.

November 26, 2014

Minutes from Labor Code&Social Affairs Committee on November 11 + presentations from Ministry of Interior Conference on Business immigration on November 26

AmCham Labor Code&Social Affairs Committee met on November 11 to discuss current news in legislation, past&upcoming plans and activities. The minutes of the meeting you can find attached (available under username and password). Next meeting of LCSAC will take place on January 14 at AmCham offices.

October 16, 2014

Public Consultation on the Europe 2020 Strategy amendment_comments request by October 20

Office of the Government of the Czech Republic together with ministries, associations and non-government organizations prepared a draft document to the public consultation on the Europe 2020 Strategy amendment.Europe 2020 Stategy is the European Union’s ten-year growth and jobs strategy that was launched in 2010. 5 strategic aims are included: employment, research and development, climate/energy, education, social inclusion and poverty reduction. Please find the document attached under your company name and password. Your comments are welcomed by October 20, 9am at veronika@amcham.cz.

September 30, 2014

Minutes from Labor Code&Social Affairs Committee on September 30

AmCham Labor Code&Social Affairs Committee met on September 30 to discuss current news in legislation, past&upcoming plans and activities. The minutes of the meeting you can find attached (available under username and password). Next meeting of LCSAC will take place on November 11 at AmCham offices.

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December 15, 2014

Christmas Mixer 2014 - Meeting of all AmCham Committees

Representatives of all AmCham Committees and members got together during the annual Christmas Committee Meeting on 10 December 2014 to discuss their working experiences and strategies. During this networking event, AmCham members had an opportunity to compete at a photo contest sponsored by Huawei Technologies and at Christmas sweets contest. As part of AmCham CSR activities, 3 selected NGOs (CEDU, Uličník and Čas Robinsonů) have been invited to share their thoughts. Photos are available here

December 11, 2014

Czech It Out - Green Buildings: Lessons Learned and Expectations Going Forward

In November a suite of attendees gathered in Prague to discuss green commercial buildings and associated office space. Hosted by the Real Estate Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic (AmCham), the format was a panel debate, with representatives across the real estate mix including developers, investors, occupiers, lawyers and green building professionals.

Participants included the Czech Green Building Council (CZGBC), CTP (the largest developer and investor in commercial real estate in the Czech Republic), Kinstellar who specialise in green leases and the Chairman of AmCham RE Committee itself.

December 09, 2014

Presentations from our seminar on: Tax Update - Personal & Corporate Income Tax changes

AmCham members of the Finance committee organized a seminar on Taxes/Tax update - December 9, 2014. Speakers: Lucie Rytířová of Deloitte, Karin Hejmová of Swiss Life & Martin Šandera of ASB Prague presented current hot issues and upcoming changes in Personal and Corporate Income Tax. Please register under the company password and download the presentations.

December 05, 2014

New Marketing Committee chair for 2015-16: Cristina Muntean of Media Education CEE

AmCham members voted in Cristina Muntean of Media Education CEE as new Marketing Committee chair for 2015-2016. Cristina won in a competition of other two candidates: Maja Ošťádalová of Grayling Czech Republic and Pavel Košek of Vodafone Czech Republic.

Thanks to all candidates and congratulations to Cristina!

December 04, 2014

CSR Committee chairman for 2015 _ Vesselin Barliev of Plzeňský Prazdroj

AmCham CSR committee members met on December 4th to discuss/plan further activities & to announce  CSR committee chairperson for 2015.

Vesselin Barliev of Plzeňský Prazdroj  will serve as CSR committee chairperson for 2015
Vision for running and development of AmCham CSR Committee:

My vision of the future development of the CSR Committee is related to its further involvement to spread CSR principals and support especially SME in their way building responsible and sustainable businesses. Move from Prague focused organisation to organisation with regional impact. Help and encourage regional NGOs to promote responsible businesses in their regions.
I think we need to work more intensively to harmonise the activities of the individual committees and have an integrated stakeholders’ engagement plan. I would like to lay the ground zero of system for members’ commitments related to strengthening and spreading the principals of the responsible and sustainable business development.

Upcoming Event:

On January 13, 2015 - come to discuss and share your experiences of employement of people with disabilities. Register online or at registration@amcham.cz

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December 11, 2014

OPEN CALL: STRONG THEATRE PARTNER

Svandovo Theatre in Prague is looking for a strong partner for its international activities. Svandovo Theatre is one of the oldest and most famous Czech Theatres and the most recent achievement lies in 8 week run in off-Broadway DR 2 Theatre, New York City. Presented play 'The Good and the True' tells the true testimonies of two survivors of the Holocaust. There were many positive reviews in The New York Times, New Yorker, Time Out New York etc.

After the succes in NYC there are  proposals to perform at The First New York Jewish Festival of Performing Arts in June 2015, USA and Canada tour in 2016 and dozen of performances in Australia and New Zeland.

These days is Svandovo Theatre looking for a partner who could provide resources to help such things happen. In return there are many business benefits for partners, but also international publicity and prestige.

November 27, 2014

2015 Europe Forum: “Transatlantic Deals and Disputes: What U.S. and European Lawyers Must Know Today to Best Represent Their Clients”

Westin Grand Berlin in Germany
March 26-27, 2015

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The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend the 2015 Europe Forum: “Transatlantic Deals and Disputes: What U.S. and European Lawyers Must Know Today to Best Represent Their Clients” Conference at the Westin Grand Berlin in Germany from March 26-27, 2015. The American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by registering online and selecting the “Cooperating Entity” rate.  Registration rates are further discounted for full-time law students, full time gov./academic/NGO, corporate counsel, and young lawyers (35 and under).

November 06, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week Czech Republic

Global Entrepreneurship Week - the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators launching startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare - is coming back to the Czech Republic and 150 countries around the world in the third week of November.

From 17th until 23rd November 2014, European Leadership & Academic Institute (ELAI) will organize various events aimed at startups and businesses under the auspices of the Czech Ministers for Trade and Industry and for Education. All events will be free of charge and accessible for the general public.

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