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  • 17-June-2019

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    Launch of the 2019 Report: ‘World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment’

    Subnational governments today are also the localised “face” of government that citizens interact with most directly and as such, they have an increasingly crucial role in responding to the general trend of declining trust. They therefore need to have the capacities – financial, human and strategic – to perform effectively and to work in partnership with national governments.

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  • 16-April-2019

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    Building the Future of Fukushima: 8 years after the earthquake and nuclear accident

    In March 2011, Japan suffered one of the most devastating disasters of its recent history. I refer to the magnitude-9 Great East Japan Earthquake, which was followed by a tsunami that caused vast damage across northern Japan and took the lives of thousands of people. If these disasters had not caused enough damage already, they also provoked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

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  • 19-March-2019

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    Territorial Review of Greece - Preliminary Findings

    The Territorial Review aims to provide a comprehensive diagnosis and tailored policy recommendations on how to make the most of cohesion policy post-2020. This work started only few months ago, at the request of the Ministry of Economy and Development and with the support of the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission (SRSS), and is expected to conclude in the second quarter of 2020.

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  • 19-March-2019

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    RDPC Plenary 1: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    Regional development policies have become an essential tool for governments, parliaments and international organisations. They have become strategic instruments to promote national cohesion, regional economic integration and shared prosperity.

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  • 19-March-2019

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    Ministerial Meeting of the OECD on Regional Development Policy

    For many years, mainstream economics touted mobility as the silver bullet for addressing regional inequalities. Can’t find a job? Move to a place where you can. Housing too expensive? People will move to a more affordable community and prices will eventually settle.

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  • 19-March-2019

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    Mayors and Ministers Roundtable: Mayors, Ministers, Megatrends: Principles for Collective Action

    Cities today are on the frontline of many of the most pressing global challenges of our time – globalisation, digitalisation, ageing, migration, climate change and environmental degradation. These so-called megatrends, are already dramatically changing the way we live and work in our cities. Let me provide some context.

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  • 18-March-2019

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    Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth

    We cannot dispute the growing importance of cities. Cities today concentrate more than half of people, jobs and GDP in OECD countries. Capital regions, have become centres of entrepreneurship and innovation; in fact, enterprise creation and employment creation by new firms are more than 60% higher in capitals.

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  • 18-March-2019

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    Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth, Launch of the Athens Roadmap

    The great majority of the population of the OECD lives in cities. Indeed, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Since we launched the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative in 2016, 60 mayors from around the world have joined forces to address rising inequalities.

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  • 19-November-2018

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    14th Annual Meeting of the OECD Network on Fiscal Relations Across Levels of Government

    The Fiscal Network is an inspiring example of horizontal collaboration between the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTP), the Economics Department (ECO), the Public Governance Directorate (GOV) and the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) – as well as their respective committees (CFA, EPC, PGC and RDPC).

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  • 19-October-2017

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    Launch of the “Seoul Implementation Agenda”

    It gives me great pleasure to be here today to launch yet another important initiative that strengthens our partnership and brings us closer to creating the inclusive cities that we strive for.

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