The General Assembly started at 9.00 o’clock at the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 23rd September. The opening statement came from Mr. András Rév, president of the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association and Mr. Sorin Dimitriu, president of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Dimitriu mentioned that regional chambers who gathered together in Bucharest are independent chambers, and this GA has a historical moment of DCCA because it will have a new Statute, it will become an independent legal entity and called Danube Chamber of Commerce Federation-DCCF. River Danube makes a history and connection for DCCF members and this platform must generate and identified international projects at EU level as well as pull EU funds.
Mr. András Rév highlighted the following at the GA introduction: the IHK Ulm, IHK Passau and WKOÖ Linz are not participating at the GA but they will meet on 22nd October with the Attorney and the Secretary General for discussing the new Statute and future membership. HGK-Varazdin Chamber of Economy also not participating at the GA but the president of HGK-Varazdin Chamber of Economy, Mr Dragutin Glozinic will sign a new Statute on 10th October in Varazdin, Croatia. The Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the WKNOE Sankt Pölten, Pest County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ruse Chamber of Commerce, Vratsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce are participating at the GA and willing to sign a new Statute of DCCF. The Bratislava Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vienna Chamber of Economy, which is participating at the GA in Bucharest, the Csongrád County Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Pécs County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, need a Board approval and final Presidium decision. The Novi Sad Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry had withdrawn from the membership. The Belgrade Chamber of Commerce and Industry or instead of Belgrade Chamber of Commerce the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the HGK-Osijek Chamber of Economy still pending to become a member of DCCF.
Mr. Juganaro from Konstanza CCI proposed that Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania- CCIR will be a member of DCCF in the future instead of Konstanza CCI.
Mr. Hohan, vice president of Bucharest Chamber mentioned that referring of the Statute of DCCF Article of Membership, says that every legal entity could become a member of DCCF including a national chamber of commerce and industry too.
Mr. Moser, vice president of WKNOE Sankt Sankt Pölten, agreed with Mr. Hohan but added that the priority is to build a regional chamber network and focusing more regional cooperation instead of national.
The next point was the acceptance of the DCCF New Statute and the present members unanimously accepted the DCCF New Statute. The election of the new Presidium of DCCF was in the other main point of the Agenda. It was confirmed by unanimous vote Mr. András Rév as a president of DCCF and it were elected vice presidents of DCCF, by unanimous vote, Mr. Sekib Avdagic, president of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Christian Moser, vice president of WKNOE Sankt Sankt Pölten, and Mr. Mihai Daraban, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. For the Supervisory Board were elected as members, by unanimous vote, Mr. Milen Dobrev, executive director of Ruse Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Elek Bonyhády, Pest County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the president of the Supervisory Board Mr. Ion Hohan, vice president of Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The participants also unanimously elected Mr. Peter Lőrincze as DCCF Secretary General. The Presidium, the Secretary General and the Supervisory Board members were elected for a definite term of 4 years.
Founding members of DCCF:
- Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pest County and City of Érd with County Status
- Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Ruse Chamber of Commerce
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa
- Istanbul Chamber of Commerce
- Lower Austrian Chamber of Economy
- Varazdin Chamber of Economy
The DCCF membership fee will not change in 2020: annually €800 per member and the membership fee invoice will be sent to the members from 1st January 2020 and until the end of December 2019, the financial statements will be sent to members (DCCA Closing and DCCF Opening Financial Statements).
After the election process Mr. Patrick Hartweg, Lower Austrian Chamber of Economy, gave a presentation about DCCF visibility and DCCF Manifesto, which was adopted by the GA. The next program point was that President Rév informed the GA about the discussion between Mr. Abruzzini, president of Eurochambre and him regarding the possibility of DCCF membership in Eurochambre in the Eurochambre Conference in Brussels. They had agreed that in later stage it could be a good opportunity if DCCF became a member of Eurochambre, however DCCF would like to have a special (lower) membership fee.
In the first time of DCCF GA history, main sponsor was supported the GA. This year in Bucharest the OTP Bank Romania, was the main sponsor and on behalf of OTP Bank Romania, Mr. György Gáldi, vice-chairman of the Management Board gave a detailed presentation about its role in Romania’s financial and economic life.
The GA of DCCF agreed of the First Presidium Agenda also, which will contain:
- Project proposal by Mr. Ion Hohan: the Danube Cruise trip from the Danube Delta to Passau. It contains: tourism industry, boating industry, transport industry, water management industry;
- Danube Business Conference by Mr. András Rév: River Danube as a transport hub, boating and cargo industry, tourism industry;
- Shopping Street projects;
- Smart Cities;
- Industry 4.0 and digitalization.
Finally, the expert day was determined on 27thNovember in Budapest at the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The first Presidium meeting will be held in Sankt Pölten, Austria on 29th January 2020 and the next GA of DCCF will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 21st and 22nd September 2020 organized by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.