• ABSTRACT
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • PREFACEI. THE REPORT
  • 1. BACKGROUND
  • 2. OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF WORK
  • 3. THE PRESENT STATUS OF SME DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE CANDIDATE COUNTRIES
  • 3.1The Analysis
  • 4. THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE PHARE PROGRAMME TO SME DEVELOPMENT
  • 4.1 Phare support to the SME Sector
  • 4.2 Phare National Programmes
  • 5. RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 5.1 Completing structural reforms
  • 5.2 Benchmarking the SME sector at national level
  • 5.3 Definition and approval of multi-annual SME Development Strategies
  • 5.4 Contribute to the development of a coherent National Business Support System
  • 5.5 Improving the business environment
  • 5.6 Specific measures to support and encourage innovative approaches
  • 5.7 Promoting better access to finance
  • 5.8 Addressing the future utilisation of Structural Funds
  • 5.9 Human resources development programmes to strengthen entrepreneurial skills
  • II ANNEXES
  • ANNEX 1. FACT-FINDING MEETINGS WITH PHARE COUNTRY CO-ORDINATORS AND IDENTIFICATION OF PRIORITIES TO BE ADDRESSED AT COUNTRY LEVEL
  • ANNEX 2. INVESTMENT SUPPORT FROM STRUCTURAL FUNDS
  • ANNEX 3. THEMATIC ASSESSMENT MATRIX DEFINING EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR SELECTED MEASURES
  • ANNEX 4. POLICY, REGULATORY, SUPPORT AND INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED AT COUNTRY LEVEL
  • ANNEX 5. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AN SME BENCHMARK ANALYSIS
  • ANNEX 6. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AN APPROACH TO THE RATIONALISATION OF THE BUSINESS SUPPORT NETWORKS
  • ANNEX 7. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF THE BUSINESS INCUBATOR NETWORKS
  • ANNEX 8. COUNTRY STUDIES STATISTICAL SUMMARY
  • ANNEX 9. COUNTRY STUDIES
  • BULGARIA
  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • ESTONIA
  • HUNGARY
  • LATVIA
  • LITHUANIA
  • POLAND
  • ROMANIA
  • SLOVAKIA
  • SLOVENIA
  • ANNEX 10. NINE KEY OBJECTIVES FOR THE ACQUIS COMMUNAUTAIRE FOR SME DEVELOPMENT
  • ANNEX 11. STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PHARE-EBRD SME FACILITY
  • ANNEX 12. LIST OF INTERVIEWS