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Bridging the Economies of Serbia and Slovenia

The Slovenian Business Club (SPK) is a business association that, for over two decades, has acted as a stable bridge between the economies of Serbia and Slovenia, providing strong support to its members in all their activities and business ventures. One of the key factors that has made SPK enduring is its continuity in operations and the constant engagement and support of its members.

The club, with its 150 members, is a hub of activity, successfully organizing more than 20 events each year. These include working breakfasts with the most current topics, regional conferences, networking events, and many other meetings. These events are not just opportunities for members to stay updated with the latest information from the business environment but also platforms for direct communication and networking, fostering valuable connections and collaborations.

In April 2024, the club embarked on its 22nd year of operation, filled with anticipation for the diverse activities and ample support for companies ahead. The coming period promises a wealth of events within traditional and proven formats, supplemented by new formats that align with trends and needs, offering our members exciting opportunities for growth and development.

MAY 2024
Establishment of the council of European business associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers representing companies with European capital in Serbia, including the Slovenian Business Club, joined forces to establish the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia. The signing of the memorandum marks the beginning of a new era of cooperation and synergy for the European business sector in Serbia. This newly established body will define common interests and serve as a platform for all future initiatives and activities. The signing was carried out at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade Hotel in the presence of the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, and ambassadors from the member association countries.

In addition to the Slovenian Business Club, the memorandum was also signed by the following organisations: Belgian-Serbian Business Association, Confindustria Serbia, Croatian Business Club, French-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic Business Association of Serbia, Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Dutch-Serbian Business Association, Polish-Ser bian Chamber of Commerce, German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Nordic Business Alliance, Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The same day, a celebration and the council’s first official event, the European Networking Cocktail, was organised. The event gathered over 200 guests from the diplomatic and business world, including many members of the Slovenian Business Club.


APRIL 2024
CEO Gathering

In collaboration with its member and friend of the club, NLB Commercial Bank, the SPK organised a CEO gathering in the new setting of the NLB Commercial Bank building. This exclusive event brought together over 60 CEOs and company owners for networking and idea exchange.

Speakers included Danijela Fišakov, President of the Slovenian Business Club; Vladimir Bošković, Board Member of NLB Commercial Bank; and His Excellency Damjan Bergant, the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Belgrade. After the welcoming speeches, members had the opportunity to exchange business visions and experiences in a friendly atmosphere, creating potential new contacts for developing and expanding professional networks.


MARCH 2024
Working breakfast: “Impact of the amendments to the foreigners act and the employment of foreigners act”

In collaboration with the CANSEE Canadian-Serbian Business Association and TSG Lawyers Belgrade law firm, a Working Breakfast was organised on the topic “What do the amendments to the Foreigners Act and the Employment of Foreigners Act bring us? Dilemmas and challenges in practice”. The Working Breakfast was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, with the presence of representatives from relevant state authorities and a large number of members, as well as foreign embassies, consultants, and legal advisers.

Representatives from the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, and the Office for Information Technologies and Electronic Administration spoke on this very topical issue, which includes changes in regulating the immigration status of foreigners in the Republic of Serbia and examples from practice. Participants had the opportunity to hear from panellists, who possess significant experience in this area, about the new rules for the employment of foreigners in Serbia and exchange dilemmas and challenges from practice. After the lecture, in an informal atmosphere, the discussion continued on all open questions and expectations about the results that the changes will bring.


International coffee break Kopaonik

In collaboration with the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Italian-Serbian Businessmen, and Nordic Business Alliance, the Slovenian Business Club organised the “INTERNATIONAL COFFEE BREAK”, a special networking event within the Kopaonik Business Forum. Over 100 members, representatives of the business community and companies from various business sectors gathered at the fifth consecutive event – International Coffee Break at Casa Restaurant of the Grand Hotel.

Forum participants had the opportunity for informal networking, sharing experiences and ideas, creating new business contacts, and interacting with members from other business associations in Serbia, providing insights into collaboration opportunities, activities, and company plans. This initiative was the result of collaboration among five bilateral chambers in Serbia, aimed at enhancing the business climate through mutual connection and cooperation.


DECEMBER 2023
New year’s gathering and 20th anniversary celebration – Slovenian Business Club

The Slovenian Business Club celebrated its landmark 20th anniversary at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Belgrade. The traditional New Year’s gathering brought together over 200 guests to celebrate this impressive milestone and all past business successes.

Members, friends, representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Serbia, and representatives from many other companies were addressed in the opening part by the club president Danijela Fišakov, as well as His Excellency Damjan Bergant, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Belgrade. For significant contributions and great support, SPK extended thanks to the state institutions of both countries and to the most loyal member companies that have been a support and foundation in the business and development of the club from the very beginning.


OCTOBER 2023
Speed Business Meeting

The Speed Business Meeting at Mona Plaza Hotel was held in collaboration with the Slovenian Business Club, CANSEE Canadian- Serbian Business Association, Chamber of Italian-Serbian Businessmen CCIS, AmCham, British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce BSCC, and Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

The event gathered 70 representatives from member companies across various business sectors intending to connect foreign and domestic businessmen. During the 10 quick and efficient eight-minute “one-on-one” meetings, participants had a unique opportunity to present their company, establish a large number of business contacts, and initiate possible new business projects.

Second regional conference logistics and transport: At the heart of the economy

SPK held the conference “Transport and Logistics: At the Heart of the Economy” in partnership with the Association of Italian Industrialists-Confindustria Serbia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, and the Croatian Chamber of Economy at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, attended by over 200 businessmen from four countries.

The conference was organised through interactive and dynamic panels, which aimed to offer innovative solutions and new strategies while also identifying critical issues concerning the transport and logistics sector. Participants had the honour of being ad dressed by His Excellency Damjan Bergant, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Belgrade, and Goran Vesić, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.


SEPTEMBER 2023
International Networking Cocktail

Continuing the tradition of gathering representatives of prestigious companies in Serbia, organised with as many as 16 bilateral chambers of commerce and business associations, SPK organised an “International Networking Cocktail” at the Metropol Hotel in Belgrade, which brought together more than 350 company representatives from member associations.

Cocktail participants were representatives from a wide range of industries and sectors, members of the Slovenian Business Club and bilateral associations present in Serbia, including the Belgian- Serbian Business Association, British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Brazilian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, CANSEE Canadian-Serbian Business Association, French-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic Business Association of Serbia, Dutch-Serbian Business Association, Croatian Business Club, Irish-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Business Alliance in Serbia, Chamber of Italian-Serbian Businessmen, German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Nordic Business Alliance, Business Club UAE & Serbia, Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Confindustria Serbia.


JUNE 2023
Business Conference on Slovenian Transport Logistics

In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (Association for Transport and Centre for International Business), the SPIRIT Slovenia agency, Slovenian Railways, the Port of Koper, and with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, SPK organised a Business Conference on Transport Logistics – a Slovenian logistics conference for the needs of the Serbian economy and market, attended by a business delegation of more than 30 Slovenian companies, with over 120 businessmen participating.

The purpose of the Slovenian delegation was to present and promote the competencies, capacities, and services of the Slovenian transport and logistics sector for the needs of Serbia and the region, thereby reviving Slovenia’s significance and leading role and encouraging greater cooperation between the Western Balkans and the rest of Europe.


MAY 2023
Regional conference – business with a purpose

The regional conference Business with a Purpose, under the slogan “The whole region—one conference,” was organised in collaboration with SPK and its member D.R. Gilbert Center Group at the Mona Plaza hotel in Belgrade. To the great satisfaction of all present, the Minister of Internal and Foreign Trade, Tomislav Momirović, addressed the introductory part.

The conference gathered over 200 participants and 30 speakers, providing opportunities for inspiring lectures, panel discussions, and informal networking, promoting ideas about regional connection and cooperation.

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