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How to become a member

1. Who can become a member of the SAM?

Individuals who are employed or engage in managerial or executive positions can become members of the Serbian Association of Managers.

For the purposes of this association, the following definition of managers shall be determined:

A manager is a person with the primary task of setting goals, planning activities and doing the decision-making process of the management of work and direction of business, organizing and monitoring of groups of individuals, or a person performing managerial and/or entrepreneurial functions and/or who is appointed as the president or a member of the board of directors or as the supervisory board of a company or has the status of a person with special powers and responsibilities in the company, organized social activities, bank or other financial institutions, and any other forms of cooperation and business for a fee.

Managers can manage the employees directly or manage a group of supervisors who directly manage staff. For managers, it is more important to know how to manage employees well than to know how to perform their employee`s jobs. The manager may have authorization to hire or fire workers, or the give them a promotion. The manger is responsible for planning, managing, monitoring and controlling people and their work. An important characteristic of managers is that he is the so-called "decision maker" or person who makes the decisions.  

The managers described in the previous paragraphs are equal to the officials of the chambers of commerce, management consultants and founders of companies dealing with the management.

Managers, who are employed or engaged in work under individual contracts, may be admitted to membership of the association, on the basis of a written application on joining the association. This provision includes those managers who are co-owners of the company they manage.

The managers who are entitled to become members of the SAM should be residents of the Republic of Serbia, regardless of their citizenship, and the managers who are citizens of the Republic Serbia with permanent or temporary residence abroad.

Exceptionally, members of the Association may include individuals who manage business processes in the public and non-governmental, non-profit sector, provided that such entities obtain their revenues by selling goods and/or services on the market.

2. What are the steps in the procedure for becoming a member of the SAM?

2.1. Completing the application form. The application form can be downloaded here, or by requesting it by e-mail office@sam.org.rs.  Besides the application form there should be enclosed curriculum vitae and a photograph (any format of curriculum vitae is acceptable).

2.2. Sending the application. The application and curriculum vitae should be sent by e-mail or fax to SAM. 
The application must indicate the names of persons who are the SAM members and who recommend you for membership, one of whom should be a member of the Association's Board of Directors.

2.3. Receipt of the Managing Board's decision. Pursuant to Article 9 of the SAM Articles of Association, the Board of Directors will decide about admission to membership based on the applications submitted and the candidates will be duly notified in writing after the decisions are made.

Against the Board of Directors' decision a complaint may be filed with the Association Assembly, within 15 days after the decision is received.

2.4. Annual membership fee. Based on the SAM Assembly decision, accepted on December 24th2009, annual calendar membership fee is 800 euros for regular members and 400 euros for associate members and is paid in dinar equivalent to the official middle exchange rate of National Bank of Serbia on the date of payment. In case when the member's company is not in position to cover membership fee for the member, member can pay fee as an individual with a granted discount of 50% i.e. the membership fee is 400 euro, in dinar equivalent calculated using the middle official exchange rate of National Bank of Serbia on the date of payment.

New members up to 35 years of age, when joining the Association, pay a reduced fee for the first year in the amount of 400 euros, if member’s company pays membership fee for the member, or 200 euros, if member pays fee as an individual, in dinar equivalent to the official middle exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia on the date of payment, if they join from January 1 to June 30, and 200 and 100 euros respectively, in dinar equivalent to the official middle exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia on the date of payment, if they join from July 1 to December 31.

Exceptionally, if a company wants to admit three or more of its managers into the Association, the company is entitled to a discount in the payment . Please contact Executive Office at office@sam.org.rs for more information.

SAM membership fee 

3. Rights and obligations of the members of the Serbian Association of Managers (Article 10 of the SAM Articles of Association)

Rights, obligations and responsibilities of the members are to:

  • Contribute to performance of the Association's objectives and tasks;
  • Contribute to improvement of market relations;
  •  Restrain from the actions and conduct which could cause material damage to the Association, or compromise the reputation of the Association or any of its individual members or bodies;
  •  Regularly pay the membership fee;
  •  Be informed about the activities of the Association;
  •  Supply proposals, opinions and remarks, when asked to do so.

Members of the Association are entitled to elect and to be elected into the Association bodies.

For additional questions please contact the SAM executive office on + 381 11 30 876 05, or by email: office@sam.org.rs