opportunity of the annual boat cruise on the
to ceremonially hand over the presidency of the EU Chambers after two years to
the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK). The outgoing
president of the EU Chambers, Alessandro Stricca who held this post for a year
and a half as president of the Italian chamber, can draw a positive balance.
back, he described both the cooperation of the chambers and the dialogue of its
supranational body with the Hungarian government as "excellent".
Joint events were held on a regular basis with high-ranking members of
government and other leading Hungarian politicians. The highpoint was a recent
event with Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, Economy Minister János Kóka and
Finance Minister János Veres. In the run up to the general elections last year
the EU Chambers also welcomed the chairman of larger opposition party Fidesz,
Viktor Orbán and the chairwoman of smaller opposition party MDF, Dávid Ibolya.
organising joint events, the EU Chambers also plays an important role in
effectively representing the interests of investors from within the EU.
According to Stricca, the board played a decisive part in the fact that the
government’s plan to introduce an "expected tax" was never actually
implemented to the relief of companies.
described it as an important step that during his presidency the EU Chambers
acquired a statute. "As a result our alliance has been clearly
consolidated and is now in the position to act even faster," said Stricca. The new head of the EU Chambers is
Tamás Vahl, who was elected president of the DUIHK at the DUIHK general
assembly in May as the successor to Elek Straub.
president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce Stricca will remain in the
leadership circle of the EU Chambers for at least a year and half. As former
president, he will also belong to the inner leadership troika, which in
addition to Vahl and Stricca also
includes the president of the British Chamber of Commerce in