LAUNCH of the SME Policy Index for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2016 - Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

Event date
April 28, 2016
Venue
Paris
Country
France
Short description

The SME Policy Index is a benchmarking tool designed for emerging economies to assess SME policy frameworks and monitor progress in policy implementation over time. The Index has been developed by the OECD in partnership with the European Commission (EC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Training Foundation (ETF) in 2006 for the Western Balkans. The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) joined as an additional partner in 2014. The SME Policy Index has since 2006 been applied in four regions and nine assessment rounds overall.

Description

The SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2016 presents the results of the fourth assessment of the Small Business Act for Europe in the Western Balkans and, since 2012, Turkey. The assessment framework is structured around the ten principles of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA). It provides a wide-range of pro-enterprise measures to guide the design and implementation of SME policies based on good practices promoted by the EU and the OECD.


The Index identifies strengths and weaknesses in policy design, implementation and monitoring. It allows for comparison across countries and measures convergence towards good practices and relevant policy standards. It aims to support governments in setting targets for SME policy development and to identify strategic priorities to further improve the business environment. It also helps to engage governments in policy dialogue and exchange good practices within the region and with OECD and EU members.

The launch of the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2016 is 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).

The event represents a distinguished occasion to participate in a high-level discussion on SME policy in the EU enlargement region. The latest developments and outstanding challenges identified in the SBA assessment will be debated with prominent EU officials, government officials from the Western Balkans and Turkey, OECD member countries as well as international partner organisations. The event will be structured as follows:

1) Interactive panel discussions on the most relevant policy areas for SMEs

2) Sessions on innovation as an important driver of SME sector development, focusing on policies that foster links between business and education and the public sector and social innovation

3) The launch of the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2016Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe, with the purpose of presenting the findings of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) Assessment and discussing key developments and remaining challenges for the business environment, particularly for SMEs in the EU enlargement region.

 Agenda

Geographical focus
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
Event type
  • Other

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on April 19, 2016
Modified on April 19, 2016