Speeches


  • 4-July-2018

    English

    Launch of the 2018 OECD Employment Outlook

    I am delighted to launch the 35th edition of the OECD’s Employment Outlook. This comes hot on the heels of our latest Economic Outlook, which projects economic growth in the OECD of 2.6% in 2018, and 2.5% in 2019. While not at a record high, growth appears stronger. Job gains in particular have been impressive.

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  • 3-July-2018

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    Launch of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027

    I am delighted to launch this year’s Agricultural Outlook with José Graziano da Silva. This is the 14th Outlook that we have produced jointly with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation: our long-standing collaboration has ensured that we have stayed at the leading edge of the challenges facing the agricultural sector. The publication projects production and prices of all major agricultural products.

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  • 2-July-2018

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    Launch of the OECD 2018 Economic Survey of the Netherlands

    It is a great pleasure to be in The Hague to launch the 2018 Economic Survey of the Netherlands. I want to thank State Secretary Keijzer and her team for their excellent collaboration during the preparation of this Survey.

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  • 29-June-2018

    English

    Skills Summit 2018 : Closing Plenary

    I would like to thank the Portuguese Government for hosting this important summit and congratulate all of you for today’s very productive and stimulating discussions.

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  • 29-June-2018

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    Skills Summit 2018 - Opening of Plenary Session

    Thank you again Minister, for welcoming us to the second Skills Summit. The presence of several Portuguese Cabinet Ministers here today is testament to this country’s political commitment in taking up the baton from the Norwegians after the very successful inaugural Skills Summit in Bergen two years ago.

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  • 20-June-2018

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    Launch of the International Migration Outlook 2018

    We are launching this report on World Refugee Day, a day to raise awareness of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, countries and loved ones in pursuit of safety and security. We should recognise their strength and courage as they try to re build a new life in their host countries. And we should also acknowledge the efforts of transit and host countries to manage large inflows of refugees in recent years.

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  • 20-June-2018

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    OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct - opening remarks

    Welcome to the 6th edition of the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct. I am delighted to see so many leaders and experts from all over the world, from the public and private sectors, international organisations and civil society. Your presence is a testament of our shared engagement to deliver open and level playing fields, which put competition, integrity and responsibility at their heart.

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  • 19-June-2018

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    Launch of the economic surveys 2018 of the EU and the Euro Area

    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.

  • 19-June-2018

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    Remarks to the ECON Committee of the European Parliament for the launch of the Economic Surveys of the European Union and the Euro Area

    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.

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  • 14-June-2018

    English

    Closing of the Meeting of the Ibero-American Council for Competitiveness and Productivity

    I am delighted to take part in the closing of this session of the Ibero-American Council for Competitiveness and Productivity. I am sure that it was a very useful and productive meeting, given the content of the discussions but also given the presence of so many dear friends and in particular the two "Enriques from America": Iglesias and García.

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