France has improved its environmental performance over the last decade, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing some air pollutants and cutting its use of fresh water. Further effort will be needed, however, to reduce pollution by nitrates and pesticides and meet ambitious renewable energy targets, according to a new OECD report.
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.
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Unemployment in France is finally stabilising but remains high, at 9.9% of the labour force in May 2016. It will slowly continue to decrease in 2017.
Allow me first to express again my congratulations to France for the climate agreement obtained at COP21. This is indeed a historic agreement that will influence the future of our planet. I am particularly proud that the OECD was able to contribute to this milestone!
The Paris floods are another call to action for the international community. Preventing such shocks from happening and limiting the damage they cause should be a public policy priority.
The global economy is stuck in a low-growth trap that will require more coordinated and comprehensive use of fiscal, monetary and structural policies to move to a higher growth path and ensure that promises are kept to both young and old, according to the OECD’s latest Global Economic Outlook.
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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2016?
Forum 2016, entitled Productive economies, Inclusive societies will be organised around the 3 cross-cutting themes of the OECD Week: inclusive growth and productivity, innovation and the digital economy, and international collaboration for implementing international agreements (COP21 and the Sustainable Development Goals) and standards (BEPS and automatic exchange of information).
OECD Week 2016, that included the Forum (31 May-1 June), the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level (1-2 June), as well as meetings linked to G20, B20 and L20 forums, placed a central emphasis on the need for policies that strengthen productivity, and in so doing, promote inclusive and sustainable growth.
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France has the 5th highest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries in 2015. The country occupied the same position in 2014. The average single worker in France faced a tax wedge of 48.5% in 2015 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%.