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Meeting of NERO, 21 September 2009
The EU has a significant interest in opposing rising protectionist sentiment and undertaking further trade liberalisation. There is considerable scope to improve the targeting of agricultural payments.
Progress in raising research and innovation efforts in Europe has been slow. Measurement and evaluation of innovation outcomes and policies should be enhanced and a fully integrated European Research Area developed.
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The needs of a household grow with each additional member but – due to economies of scale in consumption– not in a proportional way. With the help of equivalence scales each household type in the population is assigned a value in proportion to its needs.
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We assess fiscal policy from the perspective of fairness between generations and the relationship between this and national saving, in the context where the United Kingdom is the lowest-saving of all the OECD economies.
This working paper suggests that restoring competitiveness will require strengthening France's growth potential and to address the main long term determinants of that potential, such as fostering R&D, promoting innovation, reducing the tax burden, boosting competition and so on.
Labour market outcomes have improved markedly in the past years as the beneficial effects of the economic upswing were reinforced by important structural reforms.
The high public debt and a large pension burden heighten the urgency to improve the efficiency of the public sector to enhance fiscal viability and restore room for manoeuvre for stabilization policy.
High public debt leaves virtually no room for fiscal manoeuvre to limit the impact of the crisis in Greece. The close trade and banking links established with the Balkan countries might be a risk in the near future.
The health care system is seen as not working well by the population. One source of dissatisfaction is the high share of private spending on health. Public health care services need also improvement.