OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2019

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The new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook presents the latest trends in performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provides a comprehensive overview of business conditions and policy frameworks for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

This year’s edition provides comparative evidence on business dynamism, productivity growth, wage gaps and export trends by firm size across OECD countries and emerging economies. It explores the implications of digitalisation and globalisation for market conditions and SME access to strategic resources such as finance, skills, technology, data and other innovation assets. The report gives comparative analysis of regulatory frameworks and policies to enhance contributions by SMEs and entrepreneurs, and delivers a forward-looking perspective on the opportunities and challenges SMEs and entrepreneurs face in doing business and scaling up their activities. It also contains country profiles outlining the latest developments in national SME performance and business conditions, with expanded country profiles available on line.

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Over the last decade, Greece undertook extensive legislative reforms to reduce administrative burdens on SMEs and improve insolvency regime, which are currently in line with the OECD median level. As the complexity of procedures and debt restructuring remain major problems for many Greek companies, in 2017 ‘Extrajudicial Debt Settlement mechanism’ for businesses was strengthened, with the simplification of procedures for the settlement of debts up to EUR 50 000 to banks, tax authorities and social security institutions. In addition, the general business registry’s electronic one-stop shop was established in 2018, leading to a 70% reduction in registration costs.



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