The Prime Minister of Latvia, Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis, visited the OECD on 12 November and delivered a special address to the members of the Council following the decision to open accession discussions reached at the last OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, in May 2013.
The OECD has set out a path for Latvia’s accession to the Organisation, reinforcing a commitment to extend its global membership.
This document sets out the terms, conditions and process for the accession of Latvia with the objective of enabling Council to come to a decision on whether to invite Latvia to accede to the OECD Convention and thereby become a Member of the Organisation.
At the beginning of 2012, Latvia’s population was 2.04 million. Between the 2000 and the 2011 Census, Latvia’s population had fallen by almost 13%, to 2.07 million. 63% of this decline was due to net migration, which has been negative throughout the past decade.
Today the OECD took a significant step to extend its global reach by deciding to open membership talks with Colombia and Latvia and signalling its intention to do likewise with Costa Rica and Lithuania in the near future.
As a further sign of international efforts to crack down on tax offenders, 12 more countries have signed, or committed to sign, the OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. In addition, another 6 countries have ratified the Convention.
Today many local communities are confronted with the challenge of reducing high and persistent unemployment and defining new sources of economic growth, all in the context of shrinking public resources. The event gathered representatives of ministries responsible for regional development and employment from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and selected OECD countries to exchange on approaches that work in addressing these challenges.
The seminar was targeted at national, regional and local practitioners who dealt with anticipating and managing demographic changes in Russia and Eastern European countries and wanted to interchange experiences and approaches with other experts from OECD countries.
This seminar was part of a three-year programme of cooperation between the European Commission and the OECD LEED Programme to monitor and report on entrepreneurial activity in Europe and related public policies and actions.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes welcomes Latvia as new member