The Eastern Partner countries are undergoing an important period of economic reforms to support competitiveness and economic development. However, the global crisis hit SMEs in the region hard, eroding traditional drivers of growth such as consumer demand, foreign direct investment, remittances and international capital inflows. Eastern Partner governments have come to recognise that enhancing productivity, employability and quality of human capital, as well as performance at company level is critical as the region seeks to rebound from the crisis and boost economic activity.
The SME Policy Index 2012 aims to support policy makers in this effort by providing a framework for measuring SME policy development at national level. This framework allows governments to identify strong and weak points in policy design and implementation, compare experiences and performance, set priorities and measure convergence towards implementation of the policy principles promoted by the Small Business Act for Europe.