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Slovenia Business Week no. 23: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia to Prepare Thoroughly for Changes

The CCIS's main task is to create an efficient chamber and start work anew

Jozko Cuk, the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIS) said on Tuesday, 6 June that the CCIS will no longer deal with whether it is fair that different rules apply to it than other chambers, but will thoroughly prepare itself for its transformation.

Cuk, speaking after the session of the CCIS management board which discussed the recently-passed Chamber of Commerce act, added that the CCIS's main task is to create an efficient chamber and start work anew.

The act, passed in late May, introduced voluntary membership in chambers and replaced the act which set down mandatory CCIS membership, Slovenia's lone chamber of commerce.

The management board therefore discussed the timetable for the CCIS's activities, including its plans to deal with the changes to its financing.

Membership fees currently account for 78% of CCIS's income, however, after the transformation that number would drop to 30%, with the rest of the income coming from the CCIS's services, Cuk explained.

He expressed his pleasure over the fact that the newly-established chambers will be treated as representative only if its members produce at least 10% of sales revenues in Slovenia and its members constitute at least 5% of all companies that can become a chamber's member.

Cuk also believes that new chambers will only be established by people who have a strong interest in setting them up, and called on would-be founders to approach the project in a responsible manner.

He revealed that the CCIS currently employs 235 people and generates SIT 4.2bn (EUR 17.46) of revenues a year. By 2008 the revenues are likely to drop to between SIT 2.3bn and 3.3bn (EUR 9.56m and 13.72), while the CCIS would employ between 150 and 200 people.

Under the new act, the CCIS became its own legal successor and can keep its name, with its members free to decide whether they will remain CCIS members or opt for joining a possible newly-established chamber.

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

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA