Global AmCham Network

AmCham Hungary draws strength from an international network, as an accredited affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. and a member of the AmChams in Europe network. 

AmChams in Europe

Founded in 1963,  the European Council of American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams in Europe) today represents the corporate interests of more than 17,000 American and European companies, based in 41 countries, employing more than 20 million people. and accounting for more than $1.1 trillion in investment on both sides of the Atlantic. Membership of AmChams in Europe is not defined by geographical borders but by the willingness and ability to contribute to the network, as well as the basic requirement of being accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce.

Its mission is to exchange best practice ideas, mutual member company benefits and to provide a forum for discussion, debate and where necessary representation on issues relevant to the European business environment.

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US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce describes itself as the world’s largest business federation representing 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Although a member of the US Chamber, AmCham Hungary is entirely independent in its governance and finances from the US Chamber. Although a member of the US Chamber, AmCham Germany is entirely independent in its governance and finances from the US Chamber.

The US Chamber is consistently one of the top lobbyist organizations in Washington, DC, measured by dollars spent. Under CEO Tom Donohue’s leadership, the Chamber has also emerged as a major player in election politics, helping elect congressional pro-business candidates through financial support and voter activism and turnout generated through the Chamber’s grassroots organization,

The Chamber has one of the largest teams of lobbyists, policy experts, and communications specialists in Washington, DC. The Chamber has advanced the business argument on outsourcing and the need for balance in applying new corporate governance and accounting rules, among other issues.

On the international front, the US Chamber cooperates with 112 American Chambers of Commerce from 99 countries. It is strongly pro-trade and advocates knocking down trade barriers, winning new free trade agreements and fighting protectionism both at home and abroad. Through its public policy think tank, the National Chamber Foundation, the Chamber impacts the Washington policy debates on issues such as intellectual property theft and counterfeiting, corporate governance and accounting rules, and travel and tourism.

Tom Donohue became CEO in 1997, and has built the Chamber into a lobbying and political force with expanded influence at home and greater outreach internationally. Since Donohue’s arrival, the Chamber has tripled its annual revenues.

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