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New Year – New Challenges – But the Membership Fee remains the same

Information from the Board Posted on Mon, January 20, 2014 18:44:24

Welcome to a new year with the Chamber of Commerce for
Sweden – Southeast Europe. Last year we
were involved in many activities related to our core values, ie to boost
business between Sweden and the SEE countries. We are cooperating with many
organisations around the region such as embassies and local chambers of
commerce and have also been instrumental in organising various business
activities. Business and trade, however, are not the only areas where we are
active. We are also involving ourselves in charity in the region, recently a
donation to a school in Mostar BiH.

The annual meeting was held in November last year, when Peter Åström, KTH (The Royal Institute of
Technology), was elected to the board.
Peter has a long experience of working for KTH in international missions in many
parts of Eastern Europe as well as other parts of the world. Peter is also
involved in the international organisation SFMT (Swedish association for
materiel technology)and the Axel Hultgren foundation for scholarships. Previous
board members were reelected and are presented here.

The minutes of the annual meeting can be accessed by members
The activity report here.
The income statement here and the Auditor´s report here.

In a few days our current members will receive the invoice
for the 2014 membership fee followed by new passwords for members-only
information. Those who are not already
members can join by sending an email to
telling us about your interest. We will then send you the account details.

The annual meeting decided that the 2014 membership fee will
remain on the same low level as previously:
Company membership: SEK 900 or EUR 105
Individual membership: SEK 300 or EUR 35

We wish our old and new members a fruitful and prosperous
year 2014.

Martin Ancons

Hungarian innovations and investment opportunities to be presented at KTH, Stockholm

Hungary Posted on Mon, January 20, 2014 17:24:16

Friday 31 January will be
an Hungarian day at the Royal Technology Institute (KTH) in Stockholm as Hungarian officials and
high tech companies will present what they can offer their Swedish counterparts and
The seminar will be opened
by KTH president Peter Gudmundsson to be followed by an introduction to
KTH:s innovation system by Professor Ramon Wyss, Vice President, International Affairs at KTH. During the rest of the seminar Hungarian innovators,
education system and business cases will be presented to the audience. Several Hungarian
start ups will introduce their activities.
On the agenda is also a
presentation of Ericsson in Hungary.
Members of the Chamber of
Commerce can download the agenda and invitation here.

On a fast track to China

Bulgaria Posted on Mon, January 20, 2014 16:51:20

We all know that China is
flirting intensively with the emerging countries in Africa and Eastern Europe, promising
investments and cheap loans. China has been wooing Romania for quite some
time and now it seems to be Bulgaria´s turn to receive offers they can´t resist.
a trade visit to Beijing, Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, praised growing
economic ties with Asian superpower. Bulgaria’s President said
that two leading Chinese construction companies have submitted proposals to
build the Black Sea motorway.

Construction of the motorway is among the projects
proposed by Bulgaria as it competes for Chinese funding under its initiative
for cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. This envisages a total credit line of 10
billion US dollars.
During Plevneliev’s visit to China, he and President Xi Jinping agreed to
double trade volume over the next five years.
Read more in this Balkan Insight article.

Berg replaces Berg in Business Sweden

Regional info/economy Posted on Mon, January 20, 2014 16:44:21

The Software company
Dassault Systèmes Nordic CEO, Mrs Ylva Berg, takes over as CEO for Business
, the joint organization for Swedish Trade and Invest (FD) organization.
It was just over two years ago as Ylva Berg took over the Nordic CEO for
Dassault Systèmes, she was previously also CEO of Technia in Sweden.
Ylva Berg replaces Ulf
Berg. Hopefully she can turn
the heavy organisation around reducing the cost and/or increaseing the revenue in
this partly governmental Swedish organisation.