SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2016
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SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2016

Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

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, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Training Foundation (ETF) in 2006.
For the Eastern Partner Countries, the assessment framework is structured around the ten principles of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), providing 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. It is applied to the Eastern Partner Countries for the second time since 2012.
The Index identifies strengths and weaknesses in policy design and implementation, 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.

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Institutional and regulatory framework for SME policy making (Dimension 3) in Eastern partner countries You do not have access to this content

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The "think small first principle" requires public authorities to consider SMEs’ interests early on in the policy-making process. A comprehensive and coherent policy and institutional framework is therefore necessary to ensure that laws and regulations are SME-friendly and that public initiatives address the needs of SMEs effectively. Dimension 3 assesses three interrelated aspects of the SME policy process: the institutional framework; the adoption of legislative simplification and regulatory impact analysis tools for SMEs; and the existence of participatory platforms for public-private consultations on SME-related topics.

 
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