The average worker in Spain faced a tax burden on labour income (tax wedge) of 40.7% in 2013 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%. Spain was ranked 14 of the 34 OECD member countries in this respect.
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Analysis for Spain from OECD trade facilitation indicators that identify areas where countries can improve border procedures, reduce trade costs, boost trade flows and reap greater benefits from international trade.
This Report gives a positive assessment of Spain’s public administration reform agenda and says few countries have put forward such ambitious and comprehensive plans for public reform. The review warns that the reforms must be an ongoing project and suggests giving citizens a bigger voice in the process as a way to enhance trust. It also notes that support from sub-national governments will be crucial.
“Pocos países han colocado tan alto en sus prioridades el reforzamiento de las instituciones públicas”, ha afirmado el Secretario General de la OCDE, Ángel Gurría, durante la presentación del informe en Madrid. “La reforma CORA es para España un medio de restaurar la confianza pública en las instituciones y garantizar una salida de la crisis con unas administraciones públicas más eficaces, transparentes y eficientes".
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Note summarising Spain's results in the PISA 2012 problem solving assessment.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Spain on Tuesday 1 April 2014 to present the Public Governance Review of Spain with Ms. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Vice President of the Spanish Government, and Mr. Cristobal Montoro, Minister of Budget and Public Administration. Mr. Gurría will hold bilateral meetings with the Spanish authorities during his visit.
La crisis internacional ha obligado a Europa a hacer frente a serios desafíos. Muchos países han respondido con energía a través de ambiciosos paquetes de reformas. Sin embargo, los legados de la crisis, especialmente la elevada tasa de desempleo y las dificultades sociales que lleva aparejadas, siguen siendo graves.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in Bilbao on 3 March 2014 to attend the Global Forum Spain “Spain: from Stability to Growth”, where he delivered a keynote speech on “Reforms in Europe: achievements and challenges”.
Spain has seen a recovery in output as a substantial reduction in unit labour costs improved its competitiveness.
The adjustment following the crisis has been particularly painful in Southern European countries, including Spain.