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SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2016 - Assessing the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

Publication date: 2015

The SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2016 – Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe offers policy makers and other stakeholders in the EaP countries  a  framework  to  assess  progress  in  designing  and  implementing  effective  SMEpolicies. It is the second report of its kind, following the first assessment published in 2012.This 2016 edition takes stock of progress made in the EaP countries since 2012. It uses an enhanced methodology to identify strengths and weaknesses in relevant policies, comparesperformance  across  countries  and  policy  areas,  and  measures  convergence  towards  the policy  principles  of  the  Small  Business  Act  for  Europe.  The  analysis  is  supplemented  by  country-level policy recommendations and a dedicated policy roadmap to address persistent challenges since the first round of assessment.The  2016  assessment  reveals  significant,  albeit  uneven,  progress.  Many  of  the  recommendations made in 2012 have been implemented. Despite country variations, theoverall implementation of business environment reforms is a necessary step towards a levelplaying  field  for  all  businesses.  Moreover,  it  is  encouraging  to  observe  greater  attention  being given to the institutional aspects of SME policy making, with a clear drive towards introducing  medium-term  SME  strategies  and  setting  up  dedicated  agencies.  However,  targeted support measures are still needed to enhance SME competitiveness, innovation and  internationalisation,  and  boost  entrepreneurial  human  capital;  while  monitoring  and  evaluation systems must be considerably strengthened to capture the impact of policies on businesses and provide grounds for calibration where needed.This  publication  is  the  result  of  co-operation  between  the  OECD,  the  European  Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), the EuropeanTraining  Foundation  and  the  European  Bank  for  Reconstruction  and  Development,  in  SME POLICY INDEX: EASTERN PARTNER COUNTRIES – © EBRD, ETF, EU, OECD 2015, the  European  Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), the European Training  Foundation  and  the  European  Bank  for  Reconstruction  and  Development, partnership with the governments of the six EaP countries and in consultation with experts, stakeholders, and representatives of the SME sector.

Source
EU agencies
Type of Document
Reports
Number of pages
362