I am honoured to present the OECD Report on the “Economy of Well-Being” at the European Council. On this first Council Meeting of the new Presidency, I would like to take the opportunity to wish Finland a productive and successful semester.
Today we celebrate Europe Day, marking the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. Like the European Union and its institutions, the OECD is the offspring of a period that had witnessed the destruction of war and realised that co-operation across borders is the only way forward to create a better future.
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There is a plethora of debates taking place at the moment, which tend to blur what the people of Europe have achieved since setting off on this journey over 60 years ago. There is an urgent need to concentrate beyond the noise to consider what Europe has delivered for its people and what place it has in the world economy today.
There is also a very topical, ongoing debate about what should be the orientation of the project itself: is it too economic and market focused? Is citizens’ well-being receiving sufficient attention? Is the EU responding adequately to a changing global landscape?
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Brussels on 6 May 2019 to present the OECD publication “The European Union: a People-Centred Agenda - An International Perspective”.
These ready-made tables and charts provide for snapshot of aid (Official Development Assistance) for all DAC Members as well as recipient countries and territories. Summary reports by regions (Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Oceania) and the world are also available.
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These graphs offer a brief summary of the commodity trade situation in the European Union.
The euro area sovereign debt crisis highlighted important weaknesses in the euro area design. Fiscal policy did not build sufficient buffers before the crisis, which forced some countries to tighten fiscal policy too rapidly during the downturn to restore market confidence in sovereign borrowing.