EU4Business: From Policies to Action in the Eastern Partnership


The six countries of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) share a number of common strengths, including a highly educated workforce, a strategic geographic position and a recognition of the importance of improving the business environment. To leverage these strengths, the countries are progressively opening up their economies to trade and investment opportunities and are making efforts to converge with best policy practices and global standards. The project combines analytical work, knowledge transfer, capacity building and public-private dialogue. It enables Eastern Partner countries to strengthen their competitiveness, diversify their economies and increase resilience against external shocks by creating level-playing field conditions for SMEs, implementing business climate reforms, and developing benchmarking and monitoring tools to measure reform progress. The project is implemented by the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme with the financial support of the European Union’s EU4Business initiative.

Highlights of OECD Support to the Eastern Partnership

  • The OECD supports Eastern Partner governments in developing better institutional frameworks for the private sector, and for SMEs in particular. It assists governments in preparing SME strategies and action plans, designing results-based monitoring systems, and introducing public-private dialogue to inform policy making.  In Georgia, the OECD helped the government prepare the “SME Strategy Action Plan 2018-2020” and developed a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the progress in its implementation. In Azerbaijan, the OECD is assisting the Ministry of Economy in the implementation and monitoring of its national SME roadmap and in the design of policies to attract non-oil investment.

    • Monitoring Georgia’s SME Development Strategy 2016-2020 (2019) English | Russian
    • Azerbaijan: Driving Diversification through Strengthened Entrepreneurship English | Azeri
    • Azerbaijan: Linking Domestic Suppliers with Foreign Investors  English | Azeri
  • The OECD strengthens the institutional capacity of governments to monitor and evaluate their competitiveness reforms. It also works with governments to improve the production, analysis and dissemination of harmonised business statistics. In Armenia and Ukraine, capacity-building activities have enabled national statistics offices and central banks to improve collection of structural and business demography statistics, and SME financing indicators. 


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 ‌EU Funded under the EU4Business Initiative of the European Union
The EU4Business Initiative covers all EU support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region of the Eastern Partnership which brings together the EU, its member states and six partner ccountries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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