National SBA Stakeholder Meeting in Montenegro

Podgorica, 6 May 2015 - The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) attended a consultative Stakeholder Roundtable for the Small Business Act (SBA) Assessment 2015 in Podgorica, Montenegro.

The purpose of the meeting was to present the preliminary findings of the current SBA assessment (for all 10 dimensions of the SBA), discuss potential discrepancies in the analysis and to validate the findings.

The meeting was organised by the Investment Compact for South East Europe of the OECD; the European Commission and the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro (Directorate for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises), in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Training Foundation (ETF) and SEECEL.

Held at the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, the meeting was attended by over 20 stakeholder institutions including relevant ministries and state institutions and business sector representatives.

At the meeting, SEECEL, together with ETF, presented the preliminary findings of the SBA assessment related to the human capital dimensions of the SBA: Dimension 1 (Entrepreneurial Learning and Women’s Entrepreneurship) and Dimension 8a (Enterprise skills).

The ensuing discussion confirmed that the stakeholders in Montenegro agreed with the findings and the preliminary assessment made by SEECEL and ETF.

SEECEL was represented at the meeting by: Maja Ljubić, Assistant Director and Thomas Farnell, Entrepreneurial Learning Expert.