Our discussions have underscored once more that small and medium enterprises must be the very backbone of a prospering economy (in OECD countries, they account for over 95% of firms). This is why to make growth stronger and more inclusive, we must create an enabling market environment for SMEs and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit in Southeast Europe.
It is an honour to open the 2019 Western Balkans Summit. This annual Summit is a key milestone in our efforts to increase the well-being of citizens and build a brighter future for the region. This year is a particularly important one, with the 30th anniversary of the democratic transformations in Central Europe and 15th anniversary of European Enlargement.
Today we will be discussing new opportunities for trade and investment, how to reap economic benefits, and how to optimise growth and well-being in the region.
The Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit. He will attend and open the Poland-OECD High-level Conference on The Western Balkans in Global Markets: New Opportunities for Trade and Investment.
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The tax wedge for the average single worker in Poland increased by 0.1 percentage points from 35.7 in 2017 to 35.8 in 2018. The OECD average tax wedge in 2018 was 36.1 (2017, 36.2).
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Risks That Matter 2018 Country Highlights: Poland
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.
As COP24 draws to a close, we have an exciting opportunity to discuss a critical issue with the leaders of today and the young leaders of tomorrow; an issue that is not only important for the environment, but also for society. We are exploring how to harness digitalisation to deliver more inclusive and sustainable cities, looking particularly at how “smart cities” can improve our lives.
The landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a grim picture of our future if climate change continues to intensify. This year’s extreme weather events – record breaking heatwaves, wildfires, heavy rains, major tropical storms, diminishing Arctic sea ice – could soon become our daily reality. With only 12 years left to contain global warming to 1.5 degrees, we need to take bold and decisive action.
We are facing a climate emergency. The special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms that, without bold and urgent climate action, global warming will reach 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030. That’s barely 12 years away!