Small Business Act Assessment - Meetings & Events


WB-EDIF SME Forum & Launch of the SME Policy Index 2019: Western Balkans and Turkey
7 May 2019, Sarajevo

SEE/SBA Policy Outlook 2019 coverThe fifth edition of the flagship publication SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 was launched at the WB-EDIF SME Forum on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina back-to-back with the EBRD Annual Meeting on 8-9 May 2019.

The WB-EDIF SME Forum was co-organised by the OECD, the EBRD and the European Commission (DG Near).

The event provided a forum for debate on how policy reforms can best improve business environment for SMEs in the Western Balkans and Turkey. It also enabled an exchange on the challenges experienced by SMEs, as well as on the policy recommendations from the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 for addressing these challenges.

The WB-EDIF SME Forum was attended by government representatives of the Western Balkans and Turkey, accompanied by high-level representatives of several EU/OECD member states, the European Commission, the OECD, EBRD, ETF and EIF. They were joined by chamber of commerce representatives from the Western Balkan economies and Turkey, as well as owners and managers of SMEs from the region.


Small Business Act Assessment in-country launches 2019

Following the high-level launch of the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 in Sarajevo on 7 May 2019, the OECD South East Europe regional programme and its partner organisations are hosting a series of launches in each of the seven assessed economies. The specific results of the publication for each economy is discussed directly with local stakeholders including line ministries, government agencies, and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector.

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The OECD South East Europe regional programme hosted summits in Skopje, North Macedonia on June 6th and Pristina, Kosovo* on June 7th. 

The Skopje meeting was opened by Mr. Kreshnik Bekteshi, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of North Macedonia, and by Mr. Nicola Bertolini, Head of Cooperation for the EU Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia. The event gathered more than 80 people representing the EU delegation to North Macedonia, key ministries, and the private sector.

• The full North Macedonia Small Business Act Profile can be found here.

The Pristina meeting was opened by Mr. Endrit Shala, Minister of Trade and Industry for Kosovo, and by Mr. Riccardo Serri, Deputy Head of the European Office in Kosovo. The event was attended by over 120 participants representing a diverse group of public institutions, donors, private sector and civil society.

• The Full Kosovo Small Business Act Profile can be found here.


The OECD South East Europe regional programme hosted meetings in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey on 18 and 19 July.

Ankara July 2019 Istanbul July 2019

The Ankara meeting was opened by Dr. Cevahir Uzkurt, President of the Turkish Development and Support Administration for Small Enterprises (KOSGEB), and by Mr. Gabriel Munuera Vinals, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey. The event gathered more around 200 people representing key ministries and the private sector.

The Istanbul meeting was opened by Ms. Neriman Pınar Işın, Director for EU Co-ordination at KOSGEB and Ms. Ela Yazıcı, Sector Manager at the EU Delegation to Turkey. The event was attended by over 50 participants representing a diverse group of public institutions, donors, private sector and civil society.

• The full Turkey Small Business Act Profile can be found here.


These in-country events in 2019 provided a forum for discussing economy-specific findings to enrich the policy debate in each economy, based on the tailored policy recommendations contained in the policy index. Each launch event is usually opened by a Minister and the Head of the EU Delegation.


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SME Policy Index Launch events in Sarajevo (7 May 2019) and Mostar (9 May 2019)
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Reconciliation Meetings for the SME Policy Index

27 March - 6 June, 2018

As part of the assessment for the publication of the “SME Policy Index” for the Western Balkans and Turkey, the SBA team organised reconciliation meetings in each of the economies. The primary goal of these meetings was to reconcile the self-assessment carried out by the government with the independent assessment led by the OECD with the help of experts. By having a broad range of participants from relevant line ministries, EU delegations, private sector and civil society, the OECD and EBRD analysts were able gain a thorough understanding of each economy’s SME policy landscape.

Next to reconciling discrepancies in assessment answers, these events also created the unique opportunity to bring together different stakeholders, allowing them to exchange viewpoints, discuss challenges and possible solutions and policy measures for SMEs. By highlighting some of the strengths and weaknesses in each economy, the analysts sought to make the SBA principles a priority for policy-making in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

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

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

The Regional Policy Dialogue Meeting gathered more than 70 participants, comprising high-level policy makers, private sector and civil society representatives from the Western Balkans and Turkey, along with participants from the European Commission and a number of experts from the OECD and EU countries. The meeting served as a platform to discuss policies that would facilitate smooth and successful transition of SMEs towards greener economy. It has been instrumental in showcasing good practice examples from different OECD and EU countries aimed at improving SMEs environmental performance and helping SMEs to benefit from the opportunities offered by a green economy. By drawing on previous and ongoing OECD work, concrete recommendations were provided to the policy-makers from the Western Balkans and Turkey to help them overcome SME policy-related challenges. The meeting was opened by Ms. Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa and Ms. Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Environment, DG Environment, European Commission.

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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 Albania
17 October 2017, Tirana

The meeting was opened and chaired by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania, Ms Dajna Sorensen, and it was attended by more than 70 participants comprising senior policy makers from various line ministries and private sector representatives. The SBA Assessment methodology was presented to the participants, and bilateral meetings with line ministries were also organized in the afternoon to familiarise them with the overall process, as well as to clarify their role in the assessment.

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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


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

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Session: "Preventing Bankruptcy"

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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