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Slovenia Business Week no. 21: MPs Pass Chambers of Commerce Act

The act that introduces voluntary membership replaces the Chamber of Commerce (CCIS) act, which sets down mandatory membership of Slovenia's lone chamber of commerce

Lawmakers passed the act on chambers of commerce on Friday, 26 May in a 47-to-22 vote. The act that introduces voluntary membership replaces the Chamber of Commerce (CCIS) act, which sets down mandatory membership of Slovenia's lone chamber of commerce.

The act moreover stipulates the founding, activities and abolishment of chambers of commerce and defines a chamber of commerce as an independent, voluntary, interest and non-profitable association of legal and private persons.

The government believes that the act will substantially increase the efficiency of chambers of commerce, contribute to economic growth and facilitate the development of appropriate programmes and activities.

The CCIS will become its own legal successor and could keep its name, with its members free to decide whether they will remain the CCIS's members or opt for joining a possible newly-established chamber.

Under the new legislation, the CCIS will have to amend its statute within five months after the law enters into force.

The act states that the chamber will be treated as representative if its members produce at least 10% of sales revenues in Slovenia and provided that it has at least 5% of all companies that can become a chamber's member.

Such chambers will also contribute in forming the economic system and economic policy and join international associations of chambers, but will not take part in social dialogue talks. Estimates envisage two to three such chambers in Slovenia.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA