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Commentary: Guidelines for Education Reform (December 18, 2007)
Last week we explored the significant deficiencies in our K-12 school systems, including appalling high school graduation rates, lack of accountability, weakening academic standards, poor achievement results and fewer hours ...
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Strategy: Not What Organizations Say, But What They Do (December 12, 2007)
Thought-Provoking Conference Explores Strategy Dynamics and Agility.
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Commentary: Losing Our Way on Education (December 11, 2007)
Looking back on U.S. history, Americans have argued, debated, and even fought one another over many things. But one fundamental principle our country embraced almost from the very beginning was that a quality education was a civil right for every child.
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Eyeing the U.S. Market? (December 06, 2007)
Experts Report Great Potential and Some Challenges for Danish Companies in the United States.
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Commentary: Five Principles for Health Care Reform (December 04, 2007)
In the last two weeks we've examined the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. health care system. We've noted that America is home to some of the finest medical facilities, technologies, innovations, treatments, and human talent. We cover 85% of our people, and the health sector is generating thousands of new jobs.
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Commentary: Weaknesses in the U.S. Health Care System (November 27, 2007)
Last week, in the first of three columns on U.S. health care, I examined some of the strengths of our system, including widespread coverage, excellent medical facilities, and tremendous new employment opportunities.
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485 guests, 37 tables, 60 turkeys: It Must be AmCham’s Thanksgiving (November 26, 2007)
Sixth Annual Dinner Fills Copenhagen Marriott Ballroom with Holiday Spirit, Family, Friends, Colleagues and Fun.
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Protocol Amending U.S.-Danish Income Tax Convention (November 20, 2007)
[UPDATED] On November 16, 2007 the United States Senate approved the bilateral agreement on double taxation with Denmark.
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Commentary: U.S. Health Care--Its Strengths and Weaknesses (November 20, 2007)
Over the past few months, I've written often about the competitive challenges facing our economy in today's global world--challenges like energy, infrastructure, legal reform, education, and immigration. But health care is a competitive challenge unlike any other.
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Congress' Wrong-Headed Approach to Energy (November 13, 2007)
With crude oil prices flirting with the $100 a barrel mark, gas prices approaching historic highs even adjusted for inflation, and consumers feeling the pinch at the pumps and in their home heating bills, you'd think Congress could devise some serious solutions to America's energy crisis. Think again.
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Executive Director Makes Door Knocks in U.S. (November 10, 2007)
In November Executive Director Stephen Brugger traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with government representatives, business leaders, and the U.S. Chamber.
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Commentary: A Legal System Run Amok (November 06, 2007)
How did we get to this point? We have allowed a deeply flawed legal system to infect and alter our democratic form of government, our civic life, and our character as a people.
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OSAC on Influenza Pandemic: Be Prudent (November 05, 2007)
Companies can do much to minimize the impact of any future influenza pandemic on their employees and community, and ensure the continuity of their business.
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Commentary: Big Labor's Agenda Is Bad For Workers and the Economy (October 30, 2007)
For several months now I have been focusing this column on major challenges to America's competitiveness, from securing a clean and affordable supply of energy to rebuilding our infrastructure to enacting a rational immigration policy.
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Roundtable Explores Compelling Brand Strategies (October 24, 2007)
Xerox, Verizon and Oracle weigh in at Sales & Marketing Committee Roundtable
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Commentary: Infrastructure: We Need More Money, But Must Spend It Wisely (October 23, 2007)
It's been several months now since the tragic collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis. That terrible event did help serve one useful purpose--it focused the attention of our citizens and elected leaders on the need for greater investment in our crumbling infrastructure.
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Commentary: It's Time to Get It Right on Immigration (October 16, 2007)
Last week I was in Arizona to give a speech on comprehensive immigration reform. As a border state with a large immigrant population, Arizona is a flash point in the national immigration reform debate. It's also an example of the negative consequences of Congress' failure to pass federal comprehensive immigration reform.
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Citi’s Mark Luscombe is AmCham Denmark’s New Chairman (October 11, 2007)
Coleman Turns Over Gavel at Ambassador’s Reception on October 9.
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iMotions Wins AmCham Entrepreneurship Award (October 10, 2007)
Danish designer of emotion-sensitive software receives AmCham’s fourth annual award at Ambassador’s Reception.
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How to Keep U.S. Capital Markets the Best in the World (October 09, 2007)
Last week we examined the causes and consequences of the subprime crisis. If nothing else, it focused attention on the critical role U.S. capital markets play in our economy and personal lives. How important are our capital markets?
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Commentary: The Subprime Mortgage Crisis (October 02, 2007)
The subprime mortgage crisis caused a temporary paralysis in the credit markets and led some to speculate that the economy would soon slide into recession. How did this crisis evolve, how serious is it, and what does it tell us about the state of our capital markets?
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OSAC Country Councils Meet at Summit (September 28, 2007)
On September 6-7, the second annual OSAC Nordic Summit was held in Oslo, Norway.
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Commentary: Your Feedback on Education (September 25, 2007)
My recent column about the declining quality of education in the United States prompted impassioned opinions from dozens of readers.
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New Alliance Leaders and AmCham Get Acquainted (September 20, 2007)
Foreign investors met and shared their concerns with representatives of New Alliance, potentially the power broker of Denmark’s next government.
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News Articles on Security in Denmark (September 20, 2007)
Below please find two recent news stories related to terrorist threats in Europe and Denmark.
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Commentary: America, China, and the 21st Century (September 18, 2007)
What kind of relationship should the United States have with China? Are we in competition to see whose economy will prevail in the 21st century? Should our relationship be cooperative or confrontational, or perhaps some of both? The U.S.-China relationship is among the most important economic and geopolitical relationships on the planet, and its success or failure has tremendous ramifications for the rest of the world.
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Commentary: One of Business' Greatest Assets (September 11, 2007)
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), the public policy law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. NCLC is widely recognized as the voice of business in the nation’s courts.
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Commentary: Big Labor Challenges Business at Every Turn (September 04, 2007)
As we mark Labor Day 2007, the unions are using every tool at their disposal to challenge the business community in several arenas--in Congress, the boardroom, and politics.
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Demonstration in Copenhagen (September 03, 2007)
Danish authorities are reporting that on Thursday, September 6 there will be demonstrations held by supporters and former users of Ungdomshuset.
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Shortage of Skilled Labor Impacting Growth in Denmark (August 31, 2007)
Executives and ministers share ideas about what it will take to make Denmark a global leader at AmCham’s Foreign Investors Summit on August 30. Video extracts are now available.
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Commentary: Start Spreading the Word (August 28, 2007)
Last week the U.S. Chamber held six events in four days in Los Angeles to highlight the devastating impact counterfeiting and piracy are having on business brand names and sales, public health and safety, and the economy.
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AmCham Event Innovates Knowledge Exchange (August 27, 2007)
More than 50 executives convened on August 23 for expert knowledge exchange, frank and wide-ranging conversations, and comprehensive networking.
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Executives Compete for 2007 AmCham Cup (August 24, 2007)
Fair weather, challenging holes and networking were all par for the course at the AmCham Cup 2007.
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Commentary: New School Year, Same Education Problems (August 21, 2007)
As kids across the country return to school, there's no question our learning institutions are failing many of our children. Last February, the U.S. Chamber and the Center for American Progress issued a detailed report on the nation's education system and found much of it lacking.
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Commentary: Let's Rebuild America (August 14, 2007)
Last week I outlined the deplorable conditions of our nation's transportation, energy, and water infrastructure systems.
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Commentary: More Infrastructure Catastrophes Waiting to Happen (August 07, 2007)
Exploding steam pipes ... collapsing bridges ... rolling blackouts. What more evidence do Americans require that our vast infrastructure needs must be met before additional catastrophes occur?
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Commentary: Your E-Mails on Energy (July 31, 2007)
There's one thing I'll say about U.S. Chamber members--they're not shy! After laying out the Chamber's energy agenda last month, I invited you to share your thoughts. The response was overwhelming. Here's some of what you had to say.
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Commentary: The Law of Unintended Consequences (July 17, 2007)
Americans love a quick fix to a problem. We're some of the world's greatest problem solvers, but sometimes we don't always think through the solutions. Today's problems are more complex ...
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Commentary: The Case of the $54 Million Pants (July 10, 2007)
Last week I wrote about a number of important cases the U.S. Chamber won during the Supreme Court's most recent term.
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Commentary: Business Gets Its Day in Court (July 03, 2007)
An increasingly paralyzed Congress, an unpopular war-time president, and an early and fast-developing presidential campaign will likely make it difficult for significant legislation to be signed into law between now and November 2008.
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New Video Surveillance Law Fights Crime, Protects Rights (June 26, 2007)
A Danish law gives private companies expanded rights to use outdoor CCTV to enhance security, and sets rules for personal data protection.
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Commentary: Energy Policy: Stupidity or Hypocrisy? (June 26, 2007)
I used to wonder whether America's energy policy was being driven by stupidity or hypocrisy. I finally decided it was both! How many times have you heard politicians call for "energy independence," and turn around and vote against greater domestic energy development?
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Guests Enjoy AmCham’s Independence Day Picnic (June 25, 2007)
More than 1,000 guests attended AmCham Denmark’s Independence Day Family Picnic at Rydhave.
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Commentary: Answering Your E-mails on Immigration (June 19, 2007)
Dozens of you responded to my June 5 commentary "The Four Pillars of Immigration Reform." When I invited you to engage in a discussion about the major competitive challenges facing our country, I said I'd share some of your thoughts. So this week I am going to dip into the proverbial mailbag.
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Denmark/U.S. Social Security Agreement Signed (June 14, 2007)
Long-Overdue Totalization Agreement Benefiting Employers and Workers Could Take Effect by the End of 2007.
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Experts Map Out Roads to Entrepreneurial Growth (June 07, 2007)
Intensifying global competition is forcing western economies to find innovative ways to grow. That was the motivation behind The Danish-American Entrepreneurship Summit on June 6.
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Commentary: The Four Pillars of Immigration Reform (June 05, 2007)
As the Senate returns from Memorial Day recess, it resumes contentious debate on comprehensive immigration legislation. If we are to fix our broken immigration system, the U.S. Chamber believes that four shared pillars for reform must guide the debate in Congress: increased border security; an earned pathway to legalization; an essential worker program; and protections to uphold the human dignity of immigrants.
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Nominations Open for 2007 Entrepreneurship Award (May 25, 2007)
This annual award is aimed at highlighting the significance of the trans-Atlantic trade relationship by recognizing excellence within the private enterprise system.
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AmCham Hosts Lunch at the Nordic-U.S. Defense and Security Industries Showcase (May 23, 2007)
Business executives and governmental officials gathered at the Hilton Copenhagen Airportfor the Nordic-U.S. Defense and Security Industries Showcase.
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Commentary: Undeniable Energy Facts (May 22, 2007)
Energy is the single most important physical resource underpinning America's economic competitiveness, our national security, and our free, mobile way of life. Yet despite its fundamental importance, we don't have a comprehensive energy policy.
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WORLD TRADE WEEK, 2007 (May 18, 2007)
World trade is essential to promoting global economic growth, development, freedom, and prosperity. During World Trade Week, we underscore our commitment to free and fair trade and acknowledge the benefits of open markets for our citizens and for people around the globe.
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Commentary: Building Stronger Local Communities (May 15, 2007)
America's economy is only as strong as the thousands of local communities that make up our great country. Ensuring their strength, vitality, and prosperity should be a top priority for all of us.
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AmCham is Game for GAM3 (May 10, 2007)
The Chamber will help sponsor the Urban Street Basketball Challenge in August.
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Commentary: The Competitiveness Agenda (May 08, 2007)
Today, America's economic power, military might, and technology are unmatched by any other nation in the world. But just because we are number one today does not mean we will be number one tomorrow. In fact, there's growing evidence that we may be losing our competitive edge.
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Commentary: Health Care--Where We Stand (May 01, 2007)
With the flurry of health care proposals coming from all quarters, where does the U.S. Chamber stand on health care?
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Seventh Annual Executive Seminars in Analytical Chemistry (April 30, 2007)
The seventh annual Executive Seminars in Analytical Chemistry, ESAC 2007, attracted more than 200 researchers, chemists, suppliers and industry experts on April 26.
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AmCham’s Stephen Brugger Marks His 50th Birthday (April 24, 2007)
More than 150 members and friends of AmCham Denmark gathered on April 19 to honor Executive Director Stephen Brugger on his 50th birthday.
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Commentary: What's the Legal Climate in Your State? (April 24, 2007)
One of our most potent weapons in convincing states to reform their unfair and expensive legal systems is the annual State Liability Systems Ranking Study conducted by The Harris Poll and the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Since the inception of the study, it has become the benchmark against which businesses, elected officials, the media, and other opinion leaders measure their state's legal climate.
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Commentary: Addressing Global Climate Change (April 17, 2007)
As we mark the 37th annual Earth Day this Sunday, there's no greater environmental debate today than global climate change. As concern over this issue grows, the urge to act now and think later is great. We need to resist that urge and approach this complex challenge deliberately. Solutions must adhere to the following principles.
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Executives Explore Security & Safety at OSAC Seminar (April 17, 2007)
About 50 executives gathered on April 13 for a seminar by the Overseas Security Advisory Committee (OSAC), an AmCham Denmark committee.
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Commentary: Where Is the Immigration Debate Headed? (April 10, 2007)
Can several seemingly unrelated news items on immigration provide insight into where the debate over this issue is headed and the prospects for a comprehensive reform deal?
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Commentary: Trade--Carrots and Sticks (April 03, 2007)
Recent developments are thrusting trade back into the headlines and, along with it, some common misconceptions about the business community's approach to international commerce. The media is too quick to paint the U.S. Chamber and the companies it represents as hungry for trade deals at all costs. That simply isn't true. In fact, our approach seeks an appropriate balance between carrots and sticks.
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Be Careful What You Wish For (March 27, 2007)
AmCham Denmark executive director Stephen Brugger speaks out against recent litigation passed in parliament that will allow class action lawsuits in Denmark.
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Commentary: The Battle Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (March 27, 2007)
This week the U.S. Chamber is co-hosting the Global Intellectual Property ("IP") Protection and Innovation Forum in Beijing, China. More than 500 participants from around the world representing government, business, and academia are attending. The goal is to focus global attention on the problem of counterfeiting and piracy and develop effective, practical solutions to this difficult problem.
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AGM Reviews a Banner 2006 and Sets Course for 2007 (March 26, 2007)
AmCham’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 23 was an opportunity to consider the Chamber’s emerging role in Denmark, and to set its course for the next year.
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Education Minister Welcomes AmCham’s Input (March 26, 2007)
Bertel Haarder and Executives Start a Policy Dialogue on How to Improve Education in Denmark. AmCham is coordinating responses.
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Commentary: Time to Act on Energy (March 20, 2007)
Predictably, as gas prices have retreated from their recent highs, energy has temporarily dropped off the radar screens of Congress and the public, only to be reignited when prices skyrocket again. In fact, prices are up 25 cents a gallon in the last three weeks. By failing to enact a comprehensive energy policy we're doomed to repeat the rollercoaster ride of price spikes and declines. We can find a better way. It's time to put an end to this cycle.
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Companies Seek Trainees at Diversity Job Fair (March 19, 2007)
AmCham members, and more than 200 accounting and administration students attended the March 15 Diversity Job Fair.
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Commentary: Healthy Capital Markets Are Key to Small Business Growth (March 12, 2007)
There’s growing recognition that America’s capital markets are no longer the most attractive place on earth in which to invest. Three major reports have been released in the last six months examining the challenges facing our markets and what needs to be done to strengthen them (see “Washington Updates” to learn more about the Chamber’s commission on capital markets).
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Commentary: Applying Business Practices to Improve Education, Part II (March 06, 2007)
Last week we examined the findings of a new report on state education systems conducted by the U.S. Chamber and the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, called Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Education Report Card. While the report painted a grim picture of the current state of education, it also concluded that there are solutions to our education challenges.
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Chamber Applauds House Passage of CFIUS Reform Bill (March 05, 2007)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 556, the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2007.
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Managing Directors Weigh In at Executive Forum (March 05, 2007)
A group of managing directors and chief executive officers shared their experiences and ideas about how to compete for resources within global organizations at AmCham’s March 1 Executive Forum.
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Commentary: Applying Business Practices to Improve Education (February 27, 2007)
Entrepreneur and philanthropist George Peabody said education is a debt due from present to future generations. In an increasingly competitive global economy where nations like China and India are rising to challenge American leadership, we must ask ourselves: Are we adequately preparing our children for the intellectual demands of the modern workplace and a far more complex society?
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Commentary: AmCham Encourages Changes to Tax Proposal (February 26, 2007)
In a letter to the Minister of Taxation, AmCham Denmark underlines the threat to the free flow of capital and growth.
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Commentary: Businesses and Unions--A Complex Relationship (February 20, 2007)
In decades past, unions and business used to clash on factory floors and farms and in hotels and hospitals in knock-down, drag-out fights over unionization of workers. The unions are still trying to organize today, but their appeal among workers has been declining for decades. The percent of the workforce that is unionized has dropped from a peak of 35.7% in 1953 to 12% today. Only 7.4% of the private sector is unionized and a near majority of union workers are government employees.
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AmCham Advocates Change in Driver's License Exchange (February 19, 2007)
AmCham Denmark calls for renewed simplicity in the exchange of drivers’ licenses for expatriates from non-EU countries.
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Commentary: Global Companies Need Access to Global Labor Supply (February 13, 2007)
Many foreign investors came to Denmark due to the attractiveness and availability of the highly skilled labor pool. But now companies are competing for talent that has become scarce.
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Commentary: Tax Time in Washington (February 13, 2007)
The calendar may not say April 15, but taxes are once again becoming a hot topic in the nation's capital and around the country. President Bush is trying to make his tax cuts permanent, Democrats want to repeal cuts for the "wealthy," small businesses fear the rug will be pulled out from under them on death tax repeal, everyone hates the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and while politicians give lip service to tax simplification, so far no one is putting their money where their mouth is.
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Super Bowl XLI (February 06, 2007)
AmCham Denmark members joined Danish American Football Federation (DAFF) at the Marriott to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday.
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Commentary: A Blow to Overregulation (February 06, 2007)
If small businesses were to add a third certainty in life--beyond death and taxes--it would probably be federal regulations. There are currently 192,000 federal regulations on the books, and more than 500,000 guidance documents. The number of regulations has been increasing by approximately 4,000 annually. Total annual paperwork compliance time: 10 billion hours. Total annual price tag for compliance: $1 trillion.
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Employment Minister Discusses Labor Shortage (February 02, 2007)
Labor shortages are putting Denmark at risk of mediocre growth. Denmark's Minister of Employment and executives met at an AmCham event to discuss solutions.
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Commentary: Trade and the Price of Leadership (January 30, 2007)
If you haven't been following developments in the Doha Round, you should be. Its success or failure will impact you as a small business person, a consumer, and a global citizen.
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Commentary: The Bottom Line on Health Care (January 23, 2007)
The old saying "if you don't like the weather in Chicago, just wait five minutes and it will change" is now applicable to health care policy. If you don't like the latest proposal from the president or the physicians association, wait a few minutes and another one will pop up.
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AmCham Patron Member Dinner (January 22, 2007)
AmCham Denmark’s 5th annual New Year's Patron Member Dinner exceeded all expectations.
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Commentary: Transportation Infrastructure--The Present and Future Crisis (January 16, 2007)
Our nation faces no shortage of crises--real or imagined--at the dawn of this new century.
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Sales and Marketing Executives Explore Cross-Border Excellence (January 12, 2007)
More than 40 sales and marketing executives from AmCham Denmark member companies gathered at the kickoff seminar of a new Chamber committee to hear about excellence across borders.
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AmCham Launches Sales and Marketing Committee (January 12, 2007)
The founding meeting of the committee is slated for January 25 at the Chamber office.
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Commentary: The State of American Business (January 09, 2007)
For the past several years, it's been the Chamber's custom to deliver a "State of American Business" report in early January.
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