SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2016
Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe
The SME Policy Index is a benchmarking tool designed for emerging economies to assess
SME policy frameworks and monitor progress in policy implementation over time. The
Index has been developed by the OECD in partnership with the European Commission,
the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Training
Foundation (ETF) in 2006.
For the Eastern Partner Countries, the assessment framework is structured around the
ten principles of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), providing a wide-range
of pro-enterprise measures to guide the design and implementation of SME policies
based on good practices promoted by the EU and the OECD. It is applied to the Eastern
Partner Countries for the second time since 2012.
The Index identifies strengths and weaknesses in policy design and implementation,
allows for comparison across countries and measures convergence towards good practices
and relevant policy standards. It aims to support governments in setting targets for
SME policy development and to identify strategic priorities to further improve the
business environment. It also helps to engage governments in policy dialogue and exchange
good practices within the region and with OECD and EU members.
Published on November 23, 2015
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