Small Business Act Assessment - Meetings & Events


Launch Meetings of the Small Business Act Assessment for the Western Balkans and Turkey (2016-19)

A series of launch events were held across the region to present the key features of the SBA assessment methodology and process as well as to introduce the revised SME Policy Index assessment frameworks by dimension. The plenary sessions were followed by bilateral meetings to discuss the techincal aspects of the framework. Please refer to the individual meeting agendas for further information on each launch event.


SBA Launch meeting in Bosnia and Herzegovina
8 November 2017, Sarajevo
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SBA Launch meeting in Montenegro
19 October 2017, Podgorica
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SBA Launch meeting in Kosovo*
12 October 2017, Pristina
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SBA Launch meeting in FYROM
10 October 2017, Skopje
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SBA Launch meeting in Serbia
28 September 2017, Belgrade
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SBA Launch meeting in Turkey
26 September 2017, Ankara
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SBA Co-ordinators Meeting
13 September 2017, OECD Conference Centre, Paris
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Regional Policy Dialogue Meeting “Bankruptcy and Second Chance Policies”
14 September 2017, OECD Conference Centre, Paris
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14-SEP-2017 meeting

Speaker, Mr Søren Boutrup, Founder,
Early Warning Europe

 14-SEP-2017 SBA meeting

Session: "Preventing Bankruptcy"

 14-SEP-2017 SBA meeting

Session moderator, Ms. Véronique Willems,
Secretary General, UEAPME and
Mr. Philippe Rambaud, Founder, 60 000 rebonds

14-SEP-2017 meeting

Ms Anna Świebocka-Nerkowska, Director,
Polish Agency for 
Enterprise Development


Introducing the new cycle of the Small Business Act assessment for the Western Balkans and Turkey (2016-2019) – 16 December 2016, Paris, France

SEE/SBA Paris 16.12.2016

The event kicked off the new SBA Assessment cycle, by:

• Introducing the planned activities under the new 2016-19 SBA Assessment cycle
• Contributing to the SME policy-making dialogue in the Western Balkans and Turkey through a Regional Policy Dialogue Session on “Access to Finance – Alternative Financing Instruments”, focusing on current good practices of factoring and leasing as well as venture capital. 

The event gathered over 50 participants: policy makers, directors of state institutions and regional organisations from the Western Balkans and Turkey that focus on SME policies, partner organisations (European Commission, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Training Foundation) as well as representatives from the government of Romania. 

Local launch events for the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2016

Following the Paris launch event, the OECD, in cooperation with its partner organisations (European Commission, EBRD, European Training Foundation), held seven high-level launch events for the publication in the SEE region and Turkey. The events included a high-level public event, followed by in-depth discussions on the implementation of the publication’s recommendations.

Ankara, 6 December 2016‌‌

The high-level event in Turkey, organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organisation (KOSGEB) gathered 150 key SME stakeholders. Mr. Recep Biçer, President of KOSGEB, opened the event. Mr. Süleyman Islamoğlu, KOSGEB Vice President and National SBA Coordinator gave an introduction to project findings before an interactive panel discussion.

Sarajevo, 13 June 2016

The meeting gathered over 30 government representatives involved in the SME policy design and implementation together with other relevant SME stakeholders. The Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, welcomed the participants, while the National SBA Coordinator, Mr. Dragan Milović, chaired the discussions.

Belgrade, 10 June 2016

The launch event brought together around 40 participants from the Serbian government as well as representatives from business, academia, and the civil society. Ms. Katarina Obradović-Jovanović, National SBA Co-ordinator, opened and chaired the event.

Pristina, 2 June 2016SEE/SBA Pristina 2.06.2016

The event gathered around 50 attendees focusing on SME policies. The event was opened by Ms. Hykmete Bajrami, Minister of Trade and Industry of Kosovo* and chaired by Mr. Besian Mustafa, National SBA Co-ordinator.

Skopje, 1 June 2016

The meeting in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia gathered about 50 SME stakeholders. Mr. Blerim Zlatku, National SBA Coordinator, opened and chaired the meeting.

SEE/SBA Podgorica 12.05.2016Podgorica, 12 May 2016

The meeting brought together around 30 participants from governmental and non-governmental institutions focusing on SMEs. The roundtable was opened by Mr. Vladimir Kavarić, Minister of Economy of Montenegro and moderated by Mr. Aleksandar Pavićević, National SBA Co-ordinator.


 Tirana, 11 May 2016

The event gathered over 40 representatives of the Albanian government, as well as the business sector, academia, civil society and the media. It was opened by Ms. Milva Ekonomi, Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania, and chaired by Ms. Evisi Kopliku, National SBA Coordinator.

Launch event SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2016 - April 2016

The launch of the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2016 was organised by the OECD South East Europe Regional Programme in co-operation with the European Commission, the European Bank for reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL).


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence.


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