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SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2016

Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

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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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Support services for SMEs and start-ups and public procurement (Dimensions 5a and 5b) in Eastern partner countries

SMEs need government support to ensure they can access markets and build the skills they require to be competitive. Dimension 5 covers two specific areas. First, it evaluates government interventions to encourage the development of business support services for SMEs. Second, it assesses government efforts to adapt public procurement frameworks to make it easier for SMEs to participate on an equal footing with larger companies, giving them access to the significant opportunities available through public contracts.

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