This Report analyzes the policy challenges connected with the development of dynamic, innovative and internationally competitive small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Baltic countries and Poland. It compares Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with each other, with the Nordic countries and with the broader European region. The Report concludes that although all four countries have come a long way in establishing support organizations and policy mechanisms geared towards supporting SMEs, SME policies are generally not incorporated into the wider context of the national innovation system. The authors argue that "more efforts must be made towards linking SME policies with innovation policies, and seeking synergies between industry, academia and government." Authors: Emily Hansson and Sylvia Schwaag Serger, the International Organization for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development. Date: April 2004. Pages: 126. WARNING: This document takes a while to download.