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Legal Committee

November 23, 2007 AmCham office

A gathering of AmCham legal community over the issues of interest in the legislatiove fields.

Discussion Roundtable with Ministry of Health Care and State Institute for Drug Control

November 22, 2007 AmCham office

On November 22, 9-11 a.m., AmCham hosts a discussion roundable on the new pharmaceuticals and health care legislation. Deputy Health Minister Hroboň and Director of the Ministry’s Pharmacy Department Šroub will discuss the recent changes in the Act no. 48/1997 Coll. and the decrees on reference groups sent by the Ministry for inter-ministerial comments last week. Director of State Institute for Drug Control (SÚKL) Beneš will address SÚKL’s policies in the areas of pharmaceuticals’ registration, price-setting and reimbursement after January 1 when his office takes over the competencies so-far exercised by the Health Ministry. Any other question raised by AmCham members in the discussion following the gentlemen’s presentation will likewise be answered. Beneše nahrazuje Mgr. Radka Mahovská (radka.mahovska@sukl.cz, vedoucí oddělení cen a úhrad) kvůli certifikaci ISMS, u které PharmDr. Martin Beneš musí být přítomen.

Labor Code Working Group Roundtable 1: session on the Labor Code amendment

November 20, 2007 AmCham office

On 20 November, 9-11 a.m., in AmCham, the Labor Code Working Group will meet. We will discuss the conceptual amendment of the Labor Code whose preparation was just initiated by Minister Nečas. We have contacted the head of a working group appointed by the Ministry and agreed on collaboration. Attached is AmCham position paper from last June. At the meeting, we would like to assess and update this document and discuss possible cooperation with the Confederation of Industry and Trade.

Finance Committee meeting

November 16, 2007 AmCham office

The Committee (result of a merger of Tax Com. and Capital Markets Com.) meets for the first time on Friday, November 16, 9 – 11 am in AmCham, and then approximately 2-3 times a year. Any member can join in ad hoc task forces working on advocacy of an individual issue. An agenda proposed for the November 16 meeting entails the following items: - Thin Cap update - Financial Collaterals update - Non-Treaty Foreigners – Czech-US Totalization Agreement – info - Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs or uzavřené nemovitostní fondy) - Central Securities Depository (Centrální depozitář cenných papírů) - Sickness Insurance Enforcement and any other issue raised by the members in advance at law@amcham.cz, or at the meeting itself.

GM Breakfast at Hilton

November 15, 2007 Hilton Hotel

Discussion roundtable - Ministry of Industry and Trade - business legislation update

November 14, 2007 AmCham office

Discussion Roundtable on hot issues at the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Presentation on the below issues will be delivered by the respective Department Directors who will also respond to zour comments or questions in a discussion to follow. Petr Kameník, Director of Trade Licensing Department (Odbor živností) • in-so-far experience with functioning of the Central Registration Points (Centrální registrační místa or CRM) • Current amendment to the Trade Licensing Act • Further development in the Simplified Administration in Starting the Business project (ZAP) Martin Kavka, Director of Business Department (Odbor podnikání) • Investment incentives • Innovation support Karel Machotka, Director of Business Environment Department (Odbor podnikat. prostředí) • Green Card project (or Zelené karty) in support of employment of foreign workers

Happy Hour -Falkensteiner Hotel Maria Prag

November 13, 2007 Falkensteiner Hotel Maria Prag

Brno Committee

November 08, 2007 Honeywell (Tuřanka 96, Brno)

Neformální diskusní stůl o překážkách podnikání, ať už jde o infrastrukturální problémy regionu či například zbytečně přísná právní regulace podnikatelských či zaměstnavatelských vztahů. Cílem setkání je shromáždit podněty podnikatelů působících v jihomoravském regionu a iniciovat nápravu nejzávažnějších nedostatků. Agenda setkání je přiložena. Akce se koná v češtině.

Silent Auction Donation, European Basic School in Brno

November 08, 2007 Brno

AmCham donated amount of 330 000,- CZK that was collected at the Silent Auction of Thanksgiving Ball 2006 to European Basic School in Brno, Cejkovicka 10, Vinohrady. The amount of money will help to equip language laboratories at school. For more information see attached press release and pictures.

Business Briefing on Prague Airport Development in next 3 years & Tour of the Prague Airport

November 06, 2007 Courtyard, Aviatická 1092/8

Business Briefing featuring Stanislav Zeman, Director Marketing & Aviation Business at Courtyard by Marriott Prague Airport, Aviatická 1092/8, Prague - Ruzyně & Tour of the Prague airport - Take-off Runway and Aircraft Servicing on the Apron, Airport Operation and the New Terminal Sever 2; November 6th, 2 - 5 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion - Personal Data protection Office

November 06, 2007 AmCham office

Discussion Roundtable featuring Alena Kučerová, Deputy Chairwoman of the Office for Protection of Personal Data will be held on November 6, 9:00 – 11:00 am at AmCham Office. Among topics discussed will be sharing of personal data among public administration bodies, planned legislation regarding obligatory archiving of certain emails and other data messages, and attribute-neutral identificator. Event is held in Czech language.

Policy Discussion with Deputy Interior Minister Zajíček

October 30, 2007 AmCham office

At AmCham policy discussion, Mr. Zajíček will discuss mainly: - Ministry’s works on the so-called RIA (Regulatory Impact Assessment) introduction - draft e-Government Act - future implementation of so-called attribute-neutral identificator (or bezpříznakový identifikátor; for purposes of electronic ID) - present deliberations on Public Administration Information Systems’ coordination/centralization.

HR Committee

October 26, 2007 AmCham office

Our mission of the HR Committee is to create a forum for the discussion of challenges in the field of human resources and to be a catalyst of change to resolve these challenges. As members of the HR Committee we agree to: - support and work towards our mission - share ideas and suggestions for activities - actively help in designing and organizing at least one Amcham HR event every 8 weeks Our activities are focused primarily on providing Amcham members with insights, latest trends and opportunities for further development in the area of human resources. We are organizing: • HRSeminars and management roundtables. We carefully review each topic to make sure that we provide you with the latest knowledge and networking opportunities. HRSeminars are designed to give you an insight on a particular hot topic. These seminars are only two hours long and they are run by professionals with experience in a particular area. • Surveys among AmCham members on specific HR issues. • HR Committee meetings where new ideas, activities and suggestions are discussed.

Discussion Roundtable - Finance Ministry - Act on Supervision over Financial Market

October 23, 2007 AmCham office

Roundtable on the planned Act on Supervision over Financial Market featuring Lukáš Vacek and Michaela Vítů, Ministry of Finance, Department for Financial Market Legislation. The roundtable will be held on October 23, 10 am – 12 in the Chamber offices, Dušní 10, Prague 1. The Act should regulate all activities of the Czech National Bank in this field. A public consultation on a ministerial discussion material (please see attached) is running untill October 31. AmCham has a priviledge of meeting with the drafters before the deadline of the consultation. Our guests will deliver a presentation on the ministerial concept of the bill, a discussion will follow. I would like to ask you to have a look at the ministerial text before the roundtable and take down your comments and questions so that the meeting is mutually beneficial and as efficient as possible. The meeting will be held in Czech.

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