SBA Assessment 2015 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Skopje, 18 – 20 March 2015 -  The Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) Assessment Process for South East Europe and Turkey continued in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with a two-day SBA workshop held in Skopje.

The SBA workshop, led by the European Training Foundation (ETF) and SEECEL, focused on the two SBA principles related to human capital: Entrepreneurial Learning (principle 1) and SME Skills (principle 8). The workshop brought together relevant stakeholders, including experts and representatives from the following institutions: ministries and state agencies in the field of education, economy, industry and labour; schools and universities; chambers of commerce, business associations and other non-governmental organisations.

During the workshop discussions, stakeholders provided a self-assessment measuring the extent to which the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia meets the SBA indicators for each of the aforementioned principles.

In addition to the self-assessment, the workshop incorporated a peer-learning component, whereby three visiting SBA experts from the neighbouring SEECEL partner country, Serbia, reflected on similarities and differences between the two countries' pogress in the implementation of the SBA.

SEECEL was represented at the workshop by: Ms Maja Ljubić, SEECEL Assistant Director; and Mr Thomas Farnell, Entrepreneurial Learning Expert and Mr Stjepan Srhoj, Programme Officer and Liaison.