It is a great pleasure to participate in this opening of Europe Day 2017, to reflect together on the challenges of the European Union after 60 years of integration. It is very timely that we have this discussion today, in such an important day for Europe.
I am delighted to have this opportunity to discuss a topic that goes to the heart of the OECD’s mission, and to the heart of our collaboration with the Slovak Republic: improving tax fairness and tackling tax evasion. This year, both the OECD and the Slovak EU Council Presidency have made an important contribution to making international taxation fair and effective.
Health at a Glance: Europe is a diagnostic tool. It presents key indicators of health and health systems in 36 European countries ─ including the 28 EU member states, five candidate countries and three European Free Trade Association countries ─ and is intended to help these countries assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of their health systems.
“I congratulate Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on the signature of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). The deal comes at a crucial time when slowing trade growth and low investment are contributing to the weakness of the global economy.
The OECD will spare no efforts in supporting the Government of the United Kingdom advance the country's economic and social agenda, says Mr Gurría in a statement issued following the referendum on membership of the EU.
Today we are launching two closely related OECD Economic Surveys, one on the European Union and the other on the Euro Area. How is Europe doing? Compared to the situation in April 2014, when the previous Surveys were released, there are reasons for optimism. Growth has picked up, if only gradually, and spread to virtually all EU countries.
OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría welcomes the initiative of President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel to put forward a structural and ambitious response to the current refugee crisis.
The European Commission presented today an Action Plan to fundamentally reform corporate taxation in the EU. The Action Plan sets out a series of initiatives to tackle tax avoidance, secure sustainable revenues and strengthen the Single Market for businesses.
It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to address this Informal ECOFIN. I’d like to thank the Latvian Presidency for inviting me to speak to you and for their excellent leadership.
The OECD and the EU have worked hand in hand over many years to tackle some of the greatest challenges on the international tax agenda. Working together to ensure the coherence of global tax rules is absolutely critical – for governments and for business, coherency improves effectiveness, increases efficiency and reduces unnecessary compliance costs.