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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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Ukraine: Small Business Act country profile

Ukraine faces several large-scale challenges stemming from the conflict in the east of the country and a long-standing absence of key reforms. Its economy has been stagnant since 2012 and in deep recession since mid-2014, and is a major constraint for the development and implementation of SME support policies. Progress since the 2012 SBA assessment has therefore been modest in most areas. Nevertheless, a major deregulation programme is currently being implemented and key measures have been introduced to simplify business registration, expand e-government services, strengthen entrepreneurial learning and vocational training, address technical barriers to trade and adopt EU standards.

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