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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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Slovenia

The costs associated with business start-up in Slovenia are among the lowest in the OECD area. The national online business portal e-VEM was updated in 2016 to reduce the time and cost for starting a business. E-VEM is the first level of the SPOT system, a system of one-stop shops on four levels, designed together by the Ministry of economic development and technology, and the public agency SPIRIT Slovenia. The second level is SPOT Information Points, the third level are 12 SPOT Advice Points and the national (fourth) level is SPOT Global (for investors and investments). Besides the SPOT system, the services of Institutions of innovative environment (technology parks, incubators etc.) are being supported. Simplifications were also introduced in the tax system for the self-employed, with the creation in 2016 of pre-filled social-security contributions accounts in electronic format. At the same time, the Ministry of Economic Development monitors the implementation of mandatory SME tests in all new laws since 2016. The Action Plan Slovenia – the land of innovative start-ups (2018) highlights 36 obstacles to start-ups and measures for their elimination, of which only 20 are being implemented due to intra-governmental coordination requirements. A report on the implementation has been prepared as well as an updated Action plan with proposed solutions and activities.

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