Co-ordination Meeting on the 2014 - 2016 Western Balkan and Turkey SBA ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Brussels, 31 January 2014 - Co-ordination Meeting on the 2014 - 2016 Western Balkan and Turkey SBA Assessment Process between EC (DG ELARG and DG ENTR), ETF, SEECEL and OECD.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the current SME Policy Index Methodology, its limitations and guidelines for the new Methodology. Pros and cons of several options were discussed and the open questions remaining in each of the proposed options.

Ms Efka Heder, Director of SEECEL made a joint presentation with Mr Anthony Gribben, Head of Team - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at ETF entitled „Towards an enhanced SBA Assessment“ based on The Issues Note, developed by ETF and SEECEL to further follow on the next phase of the 'FOUR POINT PLAN' for 2014-2017.

DG Enlargement and DG Enterprise reviewed the existing SBA Assessment framework as well as presented the elements of the new, revised SBA Assessment Process. This includes consultations and co-ordinations with partner institutions (PI) and external experts.

Key Milestones for 2014-2016 include technical workshops to review and apply the new SBA framework; drafting and launching of the SME Policy Index in each economy as well as monitoring the implementation in EU Member States.

SEECEL was also represented by Ms Maja Ljubić, Assistant Director and Ms Sandra Rončević, Assistant Director.