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While constituting a majority of businesses, SMEs generally lack the awareness of their environmental impacts as well as the understanding that higher environmental performance can be a competitive advantage. They also have limited capacity to interpret and respond to relevant policy incentives. Many EU and other OECD countries have addressed this challenge by implementing information-based tools and regulatory and financial incentives to encourage SMEs to improve their environmental performance, to comply with and go beyond regulatory requirements. EaP countries are only starting to design similar policies and engaging in a dialogue with the business community on these issues.
The main objectives of the Regional Conference on "Promoting better environmental performance of SMEs in Eastern Partnership countries" held on 22-23 March 2016 in Chisinau, Moldova were:
The meeting brought together representatives of the EaP countries’ ministries of environment and economy, business support organisations, business associations, and experts from the region and OECD/EU countries.
Greening SMEs project documents: