Policy Agenda 2017-2020
AmCham's Policy Agenda is presented to our membership and the business community in order to serve as a roadmap for our advocacy efforts and all related activities and projects in 2017-2020.
AmCham Hungary published its first Policy Agenda in June 2015, after a series of stakeholder meetings and based on its advocacy background of more than 25 years. In the last two years, the paper served as a firm backbone to our advocacy work and was a clear indication of our priorities. Since 2015, our policy work, the level of involvement of our members, our partner organizations and also our cooperation with the government have all evolved.
The four focus areas are:
In order to put a system in place to support these
AmCham is proud to have launched flagship events – the Business Meets Government and Competitive Education summits, the Business Meets Universities project – meaningful partnerships and a robust set of recommendations, the “Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary” package, in 2016 and 2017. These programs have had an effect, and we are dedicated to continue and further develop these endeavors.
We are proud of the success stories and the impact our community had in the past two years. We were involved in achieving the decrease of the corporate income tax to 9% and the decrease of labor taxes; the launch of several new OKJ training programs as per corporate need; incentivizing workforce mobility; shifting to a more innovation-based national economy, and a new grant system for corporate R&D activities, just to mention a few examples.
The Policy Agenda publication will continue to be a strategic paper, an outline and guidance, not a tactical playbook. It defines how the AmCham community can improve Hungary’s competitiveness, what is needed to make Hungary more attractive for international investors, and also what is required from the regulatory environment to achieve our common goals.