The 2015 Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) took place at the OECD Paris Headquarters on 3 and 4 June 2015, and was preceded on 2 and 3 June by the OECD Forum. Both events form part of OECD Week 2015 and brought together government ministers, international experts, and key figures from the worlds of academia, business and civil society.
Participants looked at how to reinforce economic growth, ensuring that it is not only strong and sustainable, but also inclusive and green, creates jobs and tackles inequality.
Themes addressed included investment and innovation, trade and improving the business environment. Participants also discussed how the OECD can actively support the post-2015 development agenda while helping governments address global challenges such as water management and climate change ahead of COP21.
The Netherlands chaired the Ministerial meeting. Prime Minister Mark Rutte made a keynote address on the morning of 3 June followed by a dialogue with Ministers from France, Czech Republic and Korea. Read also the opening speech by the Secretary-General. Later that day the OECD launched its twice-annual Economic Outlook.
French President François Hollande gave a public speech at the OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) at 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday 3 June 2015. The speech took place ahead of the Ministerial session on Unlocking Growth: the role of investment, innovation and the business climate.
The OECD also hosted a series of B20 and G20 meetings in the margins of OECD Week. The B20 infrastructure and investment and trade taskforces and the anti-corruption working group met to push forward the development of recommendations to G20 governments
Please also browse the Latest news page for all the news releases, speeches and statements of the OECD Week 2015
Last updated: 5 June 2015
Tuesday 2 June
- 08:45 - Media breakfast on COP21 and how economies need rewiring for climate action to make a difference. A new report, Aligning Policies for a Low Carbon Economy explains how fixing policy misalignments could speed up the low-carbon transition and make a COP21 deal more effective – CC4 (Media Centre)
- 11:00 - OECD Better Life Index: Civic engagement in a digital age. The OECD launches the 2015 Better Life Index, an interactive, web-based tool that invites citizens to create their own index and compare well-being priorities across countries. The updated version contains the latest underlying statistics, country data, user findings and a translation into Italian. The launch will discuss findings from indexes submitted by citizens around the world – BLI Stand (Atrium of Conference centre)
Wednesday 3 June
- 09:45 - Dialogue with the MCM Chair, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister, The Netherlands and Vice-Chairs, Andrej Babiš, First Deputy Prime Minister for the Economics, Minister of Finance, Czech Republic, French Representative, Korean Representative – Room CC1
- 10:20 - Launch of OECD Economic Outlook with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Chief Economist, Catherine L. Mann – Room CC1.
Thursday 4 June
- 09:30 - Photo op: Tour de table of Ministerial meeting
- 10:00 - Trade Facilitation press briefing with OECD Trade and Agriculture Director Ken Ash, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Deputy US Trade Representative and US Ambassador to WTO Michael Punke, Ms Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Hon. Steven Ciobo, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Investment.
- 11:00 - Press briefing with Mr. Rodrigo Valdés, Chilean Minister of Finance - CC4 (Media Centre)
- 11:30 - Photo op: Tour de table of Ministerial meeting
- 15:20 - Press briefing with Mr. Michel Sapin, French Minister for Finance and Public Accounts - Conference Centre
- 16:00 - Closing press conference: OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Netherlands Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen briefed journalists on the outcomes of OECD Week.
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