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?
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.
Europe’s economy is finally growing robustly. These positive developments provide an opportunity to renew efforts to meet the long-term challenges facing the European Union (EU).
Data on government support to agriculture in the OECD area and other major economies, measured by the Producer Support Estimate (PSE) and Consumer Support Estimate.
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.
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.