Chamber of Commerce Corner, January 26, 2024


This regular section of the Budapest Business Journal features news and events from various international business chambers. For further information and to register for specific events, visit the organizing chamber’s website. If you have information for inclusion on this page, send an email in English to Annamária Bálint at

Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary (CCIU)

The CCIU renewed its commitment to projects aimed at strengthening the promotion of “Made in Italy in Hungary” by hosting an informal meeting at its headquarters between Marco Rossi, head coach of the Hungarian national football team and former Italian footballer, and the President of the CCIU Bernardino Pusceddu. The meeting testifies to the chamber’s desire to build relations and bridges that unite the two countries, going beyond a simple commercial union to establish relationships of trust and synergy with the whole Italian system in Hungary or interested in expanding its operations beyond the national borders.

Hungarian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFH)

Look out for the chamber’s next free Zoom webinar: “A Tour of the CEE Countries (PECO) in 45 Minutes.” Experts from the six Franco-bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry from Central and Eastern Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia) present this regular English-language series investigating the latest economic trends and news in the region.

• When: Wednesday, Feb. 14, from noon.

• Fee: Free of charge, but prior registration is required.

Join the CCIFH for its next HR club, which will discuss the following topics: What does age-based discrimination mean? What are the conscious and subconscious prejudices that feed it? Should we define and categorize employees based on age? What can an individual do to avoid harmful discrimination in the labor market? What can responsible companies do? What is the responsibility of the current government and the media? Andrea Juhos, managing partner at LHH, is the invited speaker.

• When: Thursday, Feb. 29, noon-2 p.m.

• Where: To be confirmed.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

The CCCH invites members and non-members to attend its first business breakfast of the year. Rising geopolitical issues, including the Russo-Ukrainian war, the Israel-Hamas conflict, and Taiwan-China tensions, are transforming shipping on the Red Sea. These all lurk behind the spotlight on the 2024 elections in India, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. With such criteria, it is almost impossible to determine the global economic outlook for the year. Macroeconomic and capital market analysis will be the main topic of the breakfast, with a presentation by Tamás Móró, lead strategist at Concorde Értékpapír Zrt., and a roundtable discussion on how Hungary will be able to cope with such economic conditions. The discussion will also feature Attila Vágó, CIO of MBH Asset Management. Csaba László, an honorary professor at Corvinus University and a former Minister of Finance in Hungary, will be the moderator.

• When: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8.30-11 a.m.

• Where: Concorde Értékpapír Zrt. offices, Alkotás u. 55-61, Budapest 1123

• Fee: Members, HUF 13,500 (plus VAT); non-member price: HUF 23,500 (plus VAT). Breakfast, coffee and networking are included in the price.

Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham)

As January is traditionally a month for drawing conclusions from the past year and making plans for the new, Swisscham Hungary will kickstart 2024 with a Year Opening Overview presented by LeitnerLeitner Tax Audit Advisory. The program will focus on experiences in 2023 and an outlook for 2024, taking in economic policy, tax, accounting and legal perspectives. The panel discussion will include financial and tax experts and a surprise guest. This event is open for members only and subject to registration.

• When: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 3-5 p.m.

• Where: LeitnerLeitner Office, Viziváros Office Center, Building “A”, ground floor, Kapás utca 6-12, Budapest 1027.

British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH)

The BCCH New Year will start with the next CEO Dinner event, with Nimród Kovács, entrepreneur and investor in FirstMed, one of the chamber’s longest-standing private healthcare members. The CEO Dinners feature a luxurious three-course meal with wine and welcome drinks, while guests get to hear from a foremost expert on recent industry developments. Kovács started his 35-year business career as an ad man on Madison Avenue, continued as a cable guy in Denver, and worked around the world setting up and managing cable, media, and telecom businesses such as UPC Hungary for many years before settling back in his native city of Budapest. He now enjoys a more peaceful life as an investor, philanthropist, and nature-loving vintner.

• When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30-8 p.m.

• Where: Matild Palace Hotel, Váci u. 36, Budapest 1056

• Fee: Members, HUF 28,000 (incl. VAT); non-members, HUF 38,000 (incl. VAT)

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of January 26, 2024.


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