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The SBA has to be upgraded to a more binding form, with a more ambitious approach. The EESC recommends that:
a special annual Competitiveness Council for SMEs and the SBA be organised at EU level;
the Council's High Level Group for Competitiveness and Growth should review progress on national actions for implementing SBA priorities and reflect on additional measures at EU level;
the European SME Envoy Network be upgraded by raising the level of participants to the directors-general of the Ministries of the Economy. This would ensure stronger and better coordination between the EU and the Member States.
the European Court of Auditors should be encouraged to publish regular reports on the functioning of relevant SME programmes and measures;
an independent office within the Commission should deal with internal governance;
the system of national and local SBA implementation plans (see 4.3.3) has to be improved and complemented by systematic use of scoreboards;
more use should be made of indicative targets (to increase SME involvement in public procurement) and of binding targets regarding R&D programmes.