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  • 5-July-2019

    English

    The Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit – Leaders Session on Youth entrepreneurship

    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.

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  • 4-July-2019

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    Western Balkans Summit 2019: Opening Ceremony

    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.

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  • 4-July-2019

    English

    Opening of the OECD-Poland High-Level Conference

    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.

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  • 13-December-2018

    English

    Making the Most of Digitalisation for Inclusive and Sustainable Cities

    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.

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  • 12-December-2018

    English

    Aligning Development Co operation with the Objectives of the Paris Agreement

    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.

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  • 12-December-2018

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    OECD-UN Environment FI Event: Aligning Finance with the Goals of the Paris Agreement

    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!

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  • 25-November-2016

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    Remarks on "Policy Priorities for Making Poland a More Inclusive and Knowledge-based Economy"

    I am delighted to be in Warsaw to celebrate with you this 20-year milestone in the friendship and working partnership between the OECD and Poland. The past 20 years have been a success story for Poland: the country has grown faster than any other European economy and Poland’s economic progress has been accompanied by significant social accomplishments.

  • 16-June-2015

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    Seminar on “Poland before COP21 - Do we have enough energy to save climate?”

    I would like to thank the Polish Delegation for organising this meeting. We only have six months left before the Paris COP21, where we must strive to achieve a historic deal, so it is absolutely necessary that we intensify our debates about the right energy model for a brighter future.

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  • 10-March-2014

    English

    Strengthening Poland’s Competitiveness – OECD Recommendations

    A broad agenda of reforms in four areas – labour markets, education, product markets and innovation – should strengthen Poland’s economy and allow it to continue its path of convergence towards the income levels of the more affluent OECD economies, said Angel Gurría during a seminar in Warsaw.

  • 10-March-2014

    English

    Achieving faster growth in Poland through more efficient labour and product markets

    Poland has made considerable progress in transforming the structure of its economy, but unemployment is still far too high, and restrictive product market regulations continue to hinder economic activity. Reforms are needed for Poland to build on its strong track record and launch itself as an innovation–based economy, Mr Gurría said during the launch.

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