Presentation on theme: "Convergence towards the "Small Business Act" EUROMED Invest Academy Belgrade, 24-26 March 2015 Christos Kyriatzis, Deputy Head of Unit, International."— Presentation transcript:
1 Convergence towards the "Small Business Act" EUROMED Invest Academy Belgrade, March Christos Kyriatzis, Deputy Head of Unit, International Affairs and Missions for Growth, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMES, European Commission
2 Importance of SMEs in the global economy SMEs are the backbone of the European economy accounting for around 99% of all Enterprises.Contribute to economic development, growth and employment.66.8% of total employment and 58.1% of the value addedAdoption of the Small Business Act for Europe in June 2008
3 The EU SME PolicyGuiding principle : Subsidiarity -> SME policy is – first of all- national business.Role of EU focussed on -> areas where joint EU action may yield value-added-> issues where the EU as such has the competency to improve the situation of SMEs
4 The EU’s SME Policy SME Policy Internal Market Trade policy Regional CompetitionpolicySocialPolicySME PolicyR&DEducationPolicyConsumer & healthprotection policiesFiscalpolicyEnvironmentalPolicy
5 What is the Small Business Act ? The SBA is a comprehensive policy framework recognising the central role of SMEs.Adopted in June 2008Main objective: create a common framework for SME initiatives and implement the “Think Small First” principle10 principles and a set of policy actions to implement themSBA Review in 2011 – Public Consultation in 2014
6 10 principles of the Small Business Act Entrepreneurial learning and women entrepreneurshipBankruptcy and second chanceRegulatory Framework for SME policy makingOperational EnvironmentSME Support Services and Public ProcurementAccess to Finance for SMEsStandards and technical regulationsEnterprise skills and InnovationSMEs in a Green EconomyInternationalisation of SMEs
7 Enhanced governance: the network of the SME Envoys European level: the EU SME Envoy listens to SMEs and their representatives and acts as internal “watchdog” for EU policy making.National level: Member States have appointed their national SME Envoys (regional Envoys can be nominated)National coordinators in the WB/Turkey and Mediterranean countries
8 Enhanced governance: give SMEs a greater role SMEs will have their say with the SME Assembly: representatives of small businesses from all over the 28 Member States will gather yearlyEuropean SMEs representatives are part of the Network of the SME Envoys
9 SBA Assessment Process The SBA Assessment is a joint process implemented by the European Commission, OECD, EBRD and the European Training Foundation (ETF). SEECEL is now also a partner.Based on the SME policy IndexEach Partner country has nominated a SBA national coordinator who has a crucial role.
10 A Global Process The Process covers several regions: The Western Balkans and TurkeyThe Mediterranean CountriesThe Eastern Partnership countries
11 SBA Process in the Mediterranean countries First process based on the former Charter for small enterprises in 2008Second assessment conducted in 2013 and published in 2014Structured around the Small Business ActFollow-up : Training days on topics identified in the recommendations
12 SMEs and the South Mediterranean region Average number of SMEs per 1000 people in MED area is 23 but SMEs have an important development potential in the Region82% are micro firms (1-9 employees)33% of total employmentMostly active in trade, services and manufacturingAdoption of Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise (2004) and alignment with the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe (since 2014) will help SME development in MED countries
13 Implementation of the SBA by the candidate countries Adoption of the EU acquis is an obligation in the enlargement processAlignment to European SME policies covered by Chapter 20 "Enterprise and Industrial policy"Candidate countries have already developed measures in line with those existing in the EU.
14 SBA Process in SerbiaThe fourth cycle for the Western Balkans/Turkey launched on 1st October 2014 in Naples.A launching event for Serbia took place in Belgrade on 17 December 2014 to present the revised assessment methodology.The National Stakeholders meeting to discuss the results will take place 3 June 2015 in Belgrade.
15 2014-2016 process Preparation of a revised methodology. Dissemination of the questionnaires to the governments and the independent consultants.Evaluation of the questionnaires by partners and follow up with countries.National stakeholders meetings to validate first results.Regional meeting with SBA coordinators to agree on the final scores in October 2015.Launching event and publication of the report in Spring 2016.
16 What are the expected results Support governments in setting targets on SME policy developmentsDefine strategic priorities to further improve the business environment.Sharing good practices and networkingExample of "good practice" in MED countries : training days :Regional training seminar on SBA governance
17 Another EU/OECD Common Project with the WB : the Competitiveness Outlook To foster competitiveness in the regionMonitor the implementation of the SEE2020To feed into Economic Report programmes, new exercise for the countries similar to the European Semester for the MS
18 The role of the Business associations The private sector is fully associated in the process.Encourage participation in the stakeholders meeting which will take place on 3 JuneOther actions led by DG GROWTH :Missions for GrowthMilan Expo 2015
19 Missions for GrowthMissions support SMEs’ internationalisation, as SMEs are the first beneficiaries of the Missions.1000 participants representing more than 650 companies and business associations from 27 Member States.Missions in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Israël
20 Universal Expo Milan 2015 - Euro-Mediterranean days DG GROW is organising several events focusing on EU–Third CountriesEUROMED days on 6/7 May – 3 sessions1. Political: Benefit of Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation2. Technical: Business opportunities in both the EU and South-Mediterranean countries3. Business-to-Business meetings
21 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION. DG GROW Website : http://ec. europa