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Biographical note of Austria's Permanent Representative to the OECD.
Important challenges for the future of Austrian well-being arise from demographic and environmental trends. The ageing of the population calls for a fair balance between life-time pension contributions and entitlements, drawing on the recent pension reform.
Austria enjoys strong material well-being and high quality of life. Steady convergence with top GDP
per capita levels translated into decisive improvements in household disposable incomes while significant redistribution has ensured low income inequality and poverty.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has released peer review reports assessing the tax systems of 13 jurisdictions for information exchange.
There are few OECD countries where vocational education and training (VET) is held in such high regard or takes so many forms as in Austria. Some 60 percent of young Austrians aged between 25 and 34 have completed a VET course below tertiary level (vocational school or technical college).
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A Skills beyond School Review of Austria
Austria’s prospects are among the strongest in Europe. Activity is picking up, and GDP is poised to increase by at least one and a half per cent next year (...) Austria’s rates of unemployment and youth unemployment remain among the lowest in the European Union, said Angel Gurría.
Austria has achieved high levels of economic growth and well-being, but must address serious demographic, environmental and globalisation challenges if future generations are to share the same prosperity, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Austria.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in Vienna on Tuesday 2nd July 2013, to present the 2013 OECD Economic Survey of Austria and meet with representatives of the government.
Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables