Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe
The SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2020 – Assessing the Implementation
of the Small Business Act for Europe is a unique benchmarking tool to assess and monitor
progress in the design and implementation of SME policies against EU and international
best practice. It is structured around the ten principles of the Small Business Act
for Europe (SBA), which provide a wide range of pro-enterprise measures to guide the
design and implementation of SME policies. This report marks the third edition in
this series, following assessments in 2012 and 2016. It provides a comprehensive overview
of the state of play in the implementation of the ten SBA principles, and monitors
progress made since 2016. It also identifies remaining challenges affecting SMEs in
the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and provides recommendations to address them
based on EU and international good practice examples. The 2020 edition also features
a novelty: An assessment of three new dimensions going beyond core SME policy (competition,
contract enforcement and business integrity) looking at key structural reform priorities
that are critical to establishing a level playing field for enterprises of all sizes
and ownership types.
Published on March 17, 2020Also available in: Russian
Watch the video to find out what's needed to grow a strong SME sector.
DATA VISUALISATION: PROGRESS TOWARDS SME-SUPPORTIVE POLICIES SINCE 2010
The OECD SME Policy Index is a benchmarking tool for assessing and monitoring progress in the design and implementation of policies for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) against European Union (EU) and international good practice. It is structured around the ten principles of the EU’s Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), which provide a wide range of pro-enterprise measures to guide the design and implementation of SME policies. The project is the result of a joint effort of the OECD, ETF, and EBRD, and was implemented with the financial support of the European Union under its EU4Business initiative. This interactive data visualisation tool presents the final scores of the 2020 assessment of the Eastern Partner countries, as well as the scores of previous assessments. Try it now to see how countries perform in the different dimensions of the index and how they have improved their SME environment over time.
The SME Policy Index is based on the results of two parallel assessments. First, a self-assessment, which consisted of completing a questionnaire and providing relevant evidence (including statistical data), was conducted by each of the six governments. In addition, the OECD and its partner organisations conducted an independent assessment that included inputs from a team of local experts, who collected data and information and conducted interviews with key stakeholders and private sector representatives. The final scores are the result of the consolidation of these two assessments, enhanced by further desk research by the OECD, ETF, and EBRD as well as consultations with government and private sector representatives during country missions. The scores range from 1 (weakest level of policy development) to 5 (strongest level of policy development).
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.