Small Business Act Assessment


Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the South East Europe economies and Turkey. However, the policies in the region aimed at fostering entrepreneurship as well as the growth and survival of SMEs are not yet on par with those of OECD and EU member countries.

The SEE regional programme has played an important role in stimulating convergence towards OECD and EU standards by regularly benchmarking the progression of SME policies in the region through the SME Policy Index. Developed by the OECD and its partner organisations on the basis of the Ten Principles of the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe, the Index identifies strengths and weaknesses in policy design, implementation and monitoring.


The SBA assessment covers ten policy areas which focus on topics of special relevance for SMEs, such as entrepreneurial learning, support services, innovation and access to finance for SMEs. In each of these areas and for each participating economy, the SBA Assessment provides detailed scores, qualitative analyses and tailored policy recommendations. The results and recommendations of the SBA assessment are presented in the OECD SME Policy Index publication.

The SBA assessment facilitates SEE regional policy development not only through assessing current SME policies with specialised recommendations but also by building an active regional network of SME policy makers to better implement reforms. Over time, recommendations have been implemented and government policies have converged towards good practices.

Meetings & Events:

Reconciliation Meetings for the "SME Policy Index"
27 March- 6 June

Podgorica (27 March), Belgrade (29 March), Ankara (10 April), Pristina (17 April), Tirana (3 May), Skopje (15 May) and Banja Luka and Sarajevo (5-6 June).


Regional Policy Dialogue Meeting“SMEs in a Green Economy"
9 March 2018, Paris


>> All SBA events

14-SEP-2017 SBA meeting
14 September 2017, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence 


>> All the OECD SEE regional programme publications


>> Learn more about previous reports: Western Balkans and Turkey 2012Western Balkans 2009 and Western Balkans 2007

ContactUmur Gökçe, Project Manager

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