December 4, 2009


The Assembly of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, at its 3rd Meeting held on December 4, 2009 approved the Chamber's Activity Report for 2009, Activity and Financial Plans for 2010, as well as the Decision on determination of the base amount, rate, deadlines and ways of payment of membership fees to the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

The participants had an opportunity to see the presentation by DB SCHENKER, one of the leading European fright forwarders that operates in 150 countries worldwide, has around 240,000 employees, and whose turnover in 2008 was 33.5 billion EUR. DB SCHENKER is 100% owned by the German Railway and German Ministry of Transportation. Beside transportation services, it also offers integrated solutions for automobile, chemical, pharmaceutical, wood, and steel industries and for SME sector.


Rade Vasiljević from the National Employment Agency presented the Agency's assistance programmes for entrepreneurs in conditions of economic crisis. In his opinion, major causes of labour redundancy are: impossibility to achieve positive results of business performance, process restructuring, rationalisation in non-economic sectors, and falling behind or advancement in terms of technology development. Prior to elaboration of programme for redundant workers, employer must first: bring the decision on starting the procedure for identification of redundant workers, make necessary amendments to the Act on Systematization of Work Positions, draft the programme for compensation of redundant workers, and have the opinion of the National Employment Agency and Workers' Union on that programme. In that respect, obligations of the National Employment Agency are: to constitute teams for assistance to employers and employees, to propose the measures to employers that would prevent or minimize the number of layoffs, to inform the potential redundant workers about the possibilities for re-employment, and to propose new employment promotion measures.