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Name of legal entity Country Overall project value (EUR) No of staff provided Name of client Origin of funding Dates (start/end) Name of partners
European Agency for Reconstruction Ministry of Economy Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion Macedonia 2.200.000 1 European Agency for Reconstruction Ministry of Economy Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion PHARE 01.06.2006 - 01.07.2006 Available upon request

SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT II (SMED PROJECT II) - GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

Overall objectives
The overall objective of the project is to support the economic growth and improve the business climate in the country through fostering development and performance of SME and providing support to key sectors of economy.

Specific Objectives
The specific objectives of the Project are:

  • To improve the SME operational environment through strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Economy, the Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion (AEP) and existing SME support infrastructure in the country.
  • To contribute to the SME growth through the implementation of the existing measures and projects already developed by the 04MAC01/02/001 EU funded project “Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Development” and development of new appropriate programmes/ interventions, which provide both non-financial and financial services to SME and key SME sectors.
  • To assist in improvement of the dialogue between the Government and the business sector on enterprise development policies and legislation by strengthening existing and/or building new mechanisms for continuous communication between the public and private sector.

General Task Objective
The global objective of the assignment is to ease government interference into the day-to-day operation of SMEs/crafts.

Specific Task Objectives
The specific objectives are (i) to identify the types of inspections and the impact on SMEs/crafts, (ii) to outline the problems faced by SMEs/crafts in respect to inspections and (ii) to find out ways of reducing the administrative burden imposed by inspections on SMEs/crafts taking into account international best practice.

TYPE OF SERVICES PROVIDED

Outputs:

  • Identified types of inspections undertaken by the Market, Labour, Financial, Fire Protection, Sanitary and Ecology Inspectorates,
  • Analysis of the legal basis and rationale (public interest) for such interventions,
  • Review of the approach chosen (e.g. standard (regular) inspections, ad-hoc inspections (e.g. suspicion of non-compliance), cross-inspections,
  • Analysis on the burden that is imposed on SMEs/crafts in terms of time invested and costs involved, and
  • Identified reforms undertaken in the past (e.g. central registration, coordination),
  • Define  the perception of SMEs as voiced by their representative organisations as to degree of interference and transparency of procedures, and
  • Identified remedies/alternative approaches that would ease the compliance burden of SMEs/crafts taking into account international best practice.

For this purposes the following activities has been performed (i) review existing regulations, (ii) in consultations with the various Inspectorates determine the approach to inspections and coordination between Inspectorates and (iii) in interviews with relevant private sector organisations (general and sector specific) identify the perception of SMEs/icrafts of inspecition processes, (iv) summarize findings and elaborate on recommendations to be considered for incorporation into the government’s SME Development Programme 2007-2010 taking into account international best practice.