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Trade benefits outweigh costs, but victims need aid: EPRS-OECD conference

Written by Marcin Grajewski. Globalisation and free trade have supported world economic growth and higher living standards, but the process has coincided with rising inequality, a concentration of job losses at the middle skills level, and declines in manufacturing jobs in certain regions of the high-income economies. Although the benefits of free trade outweigh their … Continue reading

Time to get tough on tax avoidance: EPRS-OECD conference

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Despite substantial progress in recent years, countries worldwide should step up the fight against corporate tax evasion and tax avoidance, as they deprive governments of much needed funds at a time of fiscal austerity. These activities exacerbate social inequalities that fuel populism, according to politicians and analysts speaking at a conference … Continue reading

The OECD Interim Economic Outlook: Stronger collective fiscal policy needed

Written by Cemal Karakas, According to the 2016 Interim Economic Outlook of the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD), global GDP growth this year is projected to be the slowest in five years. The OECD has lowered its real GDP growth forecast for the euro area for 2016 from 1.8% to 1.4%, and for … Continue reading

Migration crisis debated at EPRS-OECD conference

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Unprecedented flows of migrants fleeing war, oppression and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and other places, are unlikely to subside any time soon. European governments should therefore act together to minimise the negative impact of the refugee/migrant crisis, notably to avoid disintegration of the travel-free Schengen system, according to analysts … Continue reading

Risk and resilience: many lessons to be learnt

Written by Patryk Pawlak Perhaps you remember the times when ‘comprehensive approach’ provided excitement for all foreign policy wonks in Brussels in 2013? Well, times have changed and all the talk these days is about ‘resilience’. Whatever the problem at hand – hybrid threats, jihadi propaganda, climate change, or refugee crisis – the answer is … Continue reading

Better Life Index

Written by Marcin Grajewski There’s more to life than GDP – debate on OECD’s Better Life Index Is life really getting better? How can we tell? What are the key ingredients to improving our lives – is it better education, environment, healthcare, housing or working hours? Does progress mean the same thing to all people, … Continue reading

Tackling long-term unemployment in the EU

Written by Verena Kern With the onset of the crisis, unemployment rates have increased sharply throughout Europe and the trend seemed set to continue. However in March 2015, the European Commission reported that, for the first time since 2009, the LTU rate fell slightly. Currently, long-term unemployment (LTU) stands at 4,9% for the EU. LTU … Continue reading

EU must overcome reform fatigue – debate on OECD’s report

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski and Tessa Tumbrägel Many European Union Member States have lost their appetite for the reforms needed to lift them out of the stagnation that followed the 2008-2009 economic crisis. They now need a second wind to overhaul labour, product and services markets as well as fix their social security systems (a mix … Continue reading

EPRS hosts debate on OECD’s flagship report on growth on 4 March 2015

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski Each year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group of 34 major economies, publishes its Going for Growth report recommending reforms to bolster economic growth and create jobs. This is a flagship publication for the Paris-based organisation released early in the year at meetings of G-20 Finance Ministers … Continue reading

The OECD – Promoting ‘better policies for better lives’

Written by Ron Davies The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to promoting public policies which improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The successor to the organisation formed after the Second World War to coordinate the implementation of the Marshall Plan in Europe, over the past half century … Continue reading

The g7+ group of fragile states

The g7+ is an association of 18 fragile and conflict-affected states that have joined forces to share experiences and promote a new development framework based on five peace-building and state-building goals. The group brings together: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Papua … Continue reading

Millennium Development Goals beyond 2015

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of indicators for development cooperation in the period up to 2015. Their review, which may redefine development cooperation, has started. Future of the MDGs The United Nations (UN) is planning an event in autumn 2013 to assess progress in achieving the MDGs and look towards the post-2015 … Continue reading

A FATCA for the EU? Data protection aspects of automatic exchange of bank information

The revelation of scandals involving offshore accounts, as well as the economic crisis, has created a new momentum in the fight against tax evasion. The EU has already put in place instruments for the exchange of bank information such as the Savings Directive, albeit with Luxembourg and Austria opting instead for an anonymous withholding tax … Continue reading

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