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  • 1-July-2016

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    Turkey Policy Brief: Improving the framework conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises

    SMEs are a key part of Turkey’s economy. The value-added created by SMEs increased by around 6% in the post-crisis period and employment in SMEs grew by around 9%. Turkey has enacted reforms to its company registration and insolvency procedures, which were costly and complex compared to other OECD countries. The effectiveness of these measures should be evaluated and further steps taken if necessary to stimulate business development.

  • 1-July-2016

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    Turkey Policy Brief: Removing administrative and regulatory barriers to competition

    The dynamism of Turkey’s business sector played a vital role in the country’s economic growth in the 2000s. However, because of competition-unfriendly product market regulations markets have not reaped the full benefits of this dynamism. Turkish authorities can help unlock growth potential by reviewing regulations and identifying where malfunctions are occurring.

  • 31-May-2016

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    Czech Republic Policy Brief: Strengthening Skills Development at the Local Level

    Skills and education are particularly important for success in the Czech Republic, with a larger than average impact of education on employment and wages.

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  • 31-May-2016

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    Czech Republic Policy Brief: Improving Access to Finance for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

    Czech SMEs are too dependent on bank financing. A more diversified set of financing options would strengthen SMEs and decrease their vulnerability to business cycle fluctuations and the credit environment.

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  • 30-April-2016

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    Germany Policy Brief: Integrating Refugees and Other Migrants into Education and Training

    If Germany improves the responsiveness of education and training to the needs of refugees and other migrants, it will also improve integration outcomes.

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  • 30-April-2016

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    Hungary Policy Brief: More Evidence-based Policymaking for Better Results

    In 2010, the Hungarian government started an ambitious public sector reform programme with the aim of modernising its public administration and improve access, responsiveness and quality of public services.

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  • 30-April-2016

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    Hungary Policy Brief: Unhealthy Lifestyles Call for Further Tightening of Public Health Policies

    Hungary ranks among the OECD countries with the highest rates of obesity, harmful alcohol use and tobacco smoking. These are leading behavioural risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Hungary has implemented a public health tax and tight policies on alcohol consumption, but alcohol taxation is mild and unrecorded alcohol and tobacco consumption are significant.

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  • 30-April-2016

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    Hungary Policy Brief: Improving SMEs' Access to Finance

    Credit to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) declined more in Hungary than in most other countries since 2008, and credit conditions remain comparatively tight, especially for small businesses, firms with a higher risk-return profile and firms seeking long-term loans.

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  • 30-April-2016

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    Hungary Policy Brief: Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship in Hungary

    Hungarian youth are less active in entrepreneurship than young people in most other OECD countries. In 2014, 2.5% of all youth aged 15-24 were self-employed, which is below the European Union average of 4.2%. This gap can be explained by a negative attitude towards entrepreneurship and few perceived opportunities.

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  • 7-April-2016

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    Food and agriculture: A new policy paradigm

    Long-term strategic investments are essential if agriculture is to cope with challenges, such as climate change, and take advantage of opportunities, such as the emergence of new niche markets for food.

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