A key argument for small local governments is that they can better deliver the services that their residents want and need. A key question is: what size is too small? When is the average cost of services too high, the range of choice too narrow or expertise spread too thinly across the country?
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The employment rate in the Czech Republic has been on the rise and is expected to continue growing at a similar pace as the OECD average. With an unemployment rate just above 4% in the first quarter of 2016, the Czech Republic is among the OECD countries with the lowest unemployment rates.
Productivity catch-up along with deeper integration into the global economy played a central role in the convergence of the Czech incomes toward OECD countries before the 2008 financial crisis.
This database provides information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and a number of other countries. Developed in co-operation between the OECD and the European Environment Agency.
The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2017 has CLOSED. The CRP supports work on sustainable use of natural resources in agriculture, forests, fisheries and food production.
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Although increasing, life expectancy in the Czech Republic, at 78.3 years, was still below the OECD average of 80.5 years in 2013. The Czech Republic presents above average levels of risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol consumption and obesity. To cope with the expected rise in chronic diseases, the Czech Republic will have to shift care from the hospital sector and strengthen preventive health care.
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.
The Secretary-General presented the 2016 Economic Survey of the Czech Republic, delivered remarks at a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s OECD membership, and held meetings with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and other officials.
I am delighted to be here in Prague to reflect on the 20 years of a fruitful partnership between the OECD and the Czech Republic. It is in fact a double pleasure given the success story that is the Czech Republic’s transformation; a story that one tells with joy! I would like to thank Minister Zaoralek and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their invitation and for organising this important event.
It is a great pleasure to be in Prague to launch the 2016 Economic Survey of the Czech Republic. I would like to thank in particular the Minister of Finance as well as the Minister of Trade and Industry and their teams for their support and input on this Survey.