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Small Business Act Assessment

 

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute to the economic performance and sustainable and inclusive development of societies in the South East Europe and Türkiye. 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 (European Union, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and European Training Foundation),  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.


SMEs in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* , Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Türkiye (the seven pre-EU accession economies) account for 72% of private-sector employment and generate around 60% private-sector value added. The region’s SMEs were hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, which negatively affected their liquidity, and now the recent increases in inflation and energy costs – consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – risk limiting SMEs’ recovery.

 

The SME Policy Index publication aims to steer region’s SME policies towards ensuring sustainable economic development as well as further alignment of policy frameworks with OECD and EU standards. It contains detailed analyses on the progress and challenges in implementing the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) by reviewing policy areas relevant for SMEs such as access to finance, business support services, greening and internationalisation. By assessing and benchmarking the development of the region’s business environment for SMEs, governments are able to adapt their policies to the strengths and weaknesses in policy design, implementation and monitoring, based on good practices in peer economies and OECD and EU member states. Over 600 government representatives from the Western Balkans and Türkiye as well as local and regional stakeholders, including SMEs, were actively involved in the preparation of this assessment.

 

The sixth edition of the flagship publication SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2022, co-funded by the European Union, was launched at the Dubrovnik Forum – “A Quest for Balance in a World Disrupted” on Friday, 8 July 2022 in ‌Dubrovnik, Croatia, by Mr. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, Mr Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, European Commission ‌and Mr. Gordan Grlić Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia. The launch set the scene for the Dubrovnik Forum by outlining the key findings and recommendations to support SMEs and entrepreneurs in their recovery from the pandemic and make economies (through SME sector) more resilient to current and future shocks.  

The Dubrovnik Forum,an annual event organised by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia and hosted by the Prime Minister of Croatia to discuss with high level policy makers pressing global challenges and consequences on South East Europe and beyond, brought together a multitude of public including government representatives from the Western Balkans and Türkiye, senior officials from the EU and OECD member states, and high-level representatives of international organisations.

 

 

Read the Pocketbook summary of the publication. 

Read two-pagers for: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North MacedoniaSerbia and Türkiye

Consult presentation: Launch of the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2022 

 

 

 

 


Recent Meetings & Events:


Dubrovnik Forum & Launch of the SME Policy Index 2022

8 July 2022, Dubrovnik

MEDEF side event of the EU Presidency Meeting & presentation of the SME Policy Index 2022
28 June 2022, Paris

WBIF Operational Board Meeting & presentation of the SME Policy Index 2022
22 June 2022, Rome

 

 

Publications:

SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2022 

 

>> Learn more about our previous reports: Western Balkans and Turkey 2019Western Balkans and Turkey 2016Western Balkans and Turkey 2012Western Balkans 2009 and Western Balkans 2007

 


SEE/SBA Policy Outlook 2019 cover

 

The 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. 

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 from 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.

View the  for the event.

Read the  summary of the publcation

 

 

 


ContactsJovana PAVLOVIC DJUKIC & Marijana PETROVIC, Project Managers

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*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 

 

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