Speeches


  • 19-June-2018

    English

    Launch of the economic surveys 2018 of the EU and the Euro Area

    After years of crisis, growth in the EU has picked up momentum, and is projected to remain solid, at 2.3% in 2018 and 2.1% in 2019. EU-wide unemployment, at 7.1%, is now below its pre-crisis low, although unemployment rates remain above pre-crisis levels in countries like Greece, Spain and Italy.

  • 19-June-2018

    English

    Remarks to the ECON Committee of the European Parliament for the launch of the Economic Surveys of the European Union and the Euro Area

    After years of crisis, the European economy has picked up momentum. EU-wide unemployment, at 7.1%, is below its pre-crisis level and we project economic growth to remain above 2% this year and next. The ongoing recovery is one reason why support for the Union has rebounded. Two thirds of Europeans polled by Eurobarometer in April believed that their country had benefitted from EU membership, the highest percentage in 35 years.

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  • 14-June-2018

    English

    Closing of the Meeting of the Ibero-American Council for Competitiveness and Productivity

    I am delighted to take part in the closing of this session of the Ibero-American Council for Competitiveness and Productivity. I am sure that it was a very useful and productive meeting, given the content of the discussions but also given the presence of so many dear friends and in particular the two "Enriques from America": Iglesias and García.

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  • 14-June-2018

    English

    9th Forum on Educational Innovation – Iruaritz Lezama Foundation

    I am grateful for the invitation to attend this meeting on one of the most important issues facing our societies: innovation in our education systems.

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  • 13-June-2018

    English

    Emerging Markets Forum: Global Trends and Implications for Policy Today

    "Toute crise prépare la suivante." These words by Michel Camdessus are a warning, but should also be a stimulus for policy, an invitation to be alert, to be in constant reflection, in constant attention, to understand what happened, what is happening and what can happen.

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  • 12-June-2018

    English

    Launch of the 2018 Economic Survey of Germany

    Germany’s track record is remarkable. Growth has been solid for years, and is set to remain so – we project 2.1 % growth this year and next. As a strong exporter of capital goods, Germany is benefitting from the global recovery of trade and investment. At 3.4% unemployment is at a record low – allowing real wages to grow and sustaining consumption.

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  • 9-June-2018

    English

    Charlevoix G7 Leaders’ Summit: G7 and Outreach Leaders Working Session

    The preservation of our oceans is indispensable for addressing many of the challenges facing the planet: from food security and climate change to energy provision, and even improved medical care through advanced marine biotechnology.

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  • 6-June-2018

    English

    Launch of the 2018 Economic Survey of the United States

    It is a pleasure to be back at the Press Club to present the OECD’s 2018 Economic Survey of the United States.

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  • 4-June-2018

    Spanish

    Respaldo del Secretario General de la OCDE a las medidas fiscales anunciadas por Costa Rica

    “En los últimos años la OCDE ha alertado repetidamente a Costa Rica acerca del débil estado de sus finanzas públicas. Ello quedó reflejado en los Estudios Económicos de la OCDE de Costa Rica de 2016 y 2018. Costa Rica ha tenido déficits fiscales durante casi una década, y el déficit público del año pasado fue el más grande en los últimos 30 años.

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  • 2-June-2018

    English

    G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting: Session 7: Fostering Tax Fairness in the Modern Economy

    There have been many significant developments in the area of international tax over the last months. Almost 50 countries have started automatic exchange of financial account information in September 2017, which is a key milestone.

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