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The Warsaw Voice » Other » November 18, 2009
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Italian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland
November 18, 2009   
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Cristiano Pinzauti, co-founder and secretary-general of the Italian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland, talks to Ewa Hancock.

You helped found the chamber in 1996. How has it changed over the years?
The Italian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland has changed, as has the presence of Italian companies in this country. In the beginning those were mostly very big companies like Indesit, Ferrero and Fiat. Now there are also small and medium-sized Italian companies. Estimates show that about 1,500 Italian companies are active across the country.

The chamber itself has evolved and plays an active role in the Polish business environment, in part thanks to the fact that it is an active member of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers (PKPP Lewiatan), of which I am one of the vice-presidents. The chamber is also a member of the International Group of Chambers of Commerce (IGCC), an organization established after an initiative by our former president, Vittorio Hemsi.

What services does the chamber provide for its members?
The aim of the chamber is to represent its members in dealings with the central government and local government authorities as well as to support and promote Italian enterprises in Poland.

Thanks to our legal status as an association of entrepreneurs, we are the only international chamber that indirectly participates in the activities of the Trilateral Commission, of which PKPP Lewiatan is one of the most active members. We maintain contacts with authorities, institutions, associations and the Italian embassy. We also cooperate with employer organizations in Poland and in Italy. The chamber has many agreements with different companies for their services, which makes our members eligible for lower prices. The chamber has various newsletters dedicated to issues such as the international economic situation, European funds, the Polish labor market and legal issues. The chamber organizes seminars and conferences as well as various meetings in cooperation with other chambers from the IGCC. We also support companies and individuals who are just starting or developing business contacts in Poland.

What are the membership criteria at the chamber?
The chamber is an independent association of employers operating in the Polish market so the members may be entrepreneurs from Poland, Italy or other countries. Generally, these are companies with operations in Poland and an interest in both Poland and Italy.

00-062 Warszawa, suite 26, 8 Kredytowa St.
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