Dr. Ronald Seeliger, President Of The German-Serbian Chamber Of Commerce & Hemofarm CEO:

Important Step Forward

It is probably too early to talk about the effects of this law after just nine months of its implementation. However, it is definitely positive that the Serbian Chamber of Commerce can again speak on behalf of the entire business community

DR RONALD SEELIGER

With the Law on Chambers of Commerce, the CCIS regained its full representativeness and ensured the efficient operation of the Chamber system, as a protector of Serbian economic interests.Secondly, it seems that the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Serbia is now closer to its members, communicating and working together on different projects. In the last nine months, the Chamber proposed 60 or more amendments to current regulations, which was done in full coordination with members.

Thirdly, it is also good that the Chamber has become an important player in the area of vocational training. In short, its involvement ensures the content of vocational education is orientated towards meeting the needs of the business community.

There are, of course, things to improve in the future. For example, there is an obligation for the Government to consult the Chamber before making any decision of importance to the economy. In practise, that isn’t working perfectly and we still have situations when ministries forget to consult business associations. The Chamber also needs to be more routine in determining and formulating the interests of its members.

There are, of course, things to improve in the future. For example, there is an obligation for the Government to consult the Chamber before making any decision of importance to the economy

However, an important step forward has been taken. In that regard, since I come from Germany and am familiar with the system of so-called legal chambers, I have decided to get involved personally and help within the Chamber’s Management Board, while Hemofarm is active in its Association for Pharmaceutical and Medical Economy.