OECD Eastern Europe and South Caucasus Initiative

The Eastern Europe and South Caucasus Initiative (EESCI) was launched by the OECD in April 2009 with the aim of helping six countries in the region improve their business environments and strengthen competitiveness in line with OECD and EU Standards. The Initiative partners closely with the EU4Business Initiative of the European Union and covers the six countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. All OECD and partner countries participate in the definition of EESCI work priorities and the identification of new policy areas for OECD intervention. The EESCI is an integral part of the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme and is co-chaired by Poland and Sweden.

OECD Eastern Europe and South Caucasus Initiative Co-chairs


The projects carried out by the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme in the context of the Eastern Europe and South Caucasus Initiative (EESCI) combine analytical work, capacity-building activities and monitoring of reform implementation. Country-specific work is peer reviewed at the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Roundtable. The work is financed by the EU4Business Initiative.

EU4Business: Supporting Competitiveness and Business Environment Reforms in the Eastern Partnership

Producing in-depth country-specific analysis and advice in all six Eastern Partner countries.

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SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries

Measuring and benchmarking the progress in the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe.

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Enterprise Performance and SME Policies

Exploring the relationship between policy settings and SME performance in all six countries of the EESCI.

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Through a separate Action Plan on Ukraine, the OECD provides wider support for policy reforms and implementation in Ukraine.

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For more information about the EESCI please contact:
Daniel Quadbeck, Project Manager

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