There are now 42 signatories to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Lithuania has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Latvia, Morocco, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the declaration. Latest reports are now available on Zambia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Korea.
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This country note from Going for Growth 2015 for Belgium identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.
Belgium has returned to growth, halted competitiveness losses and improved its fiscal framework, but still faces a high public debt. Vulnerable groups, such as immigrants, struggle with low employment and poor housing.
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The tax burden in Belgium increased by 0.6 percentage points from 44.0% to 44.6% in 2013. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Belgian standard VAT rate is 21%, which is above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
The number of foreigners in Belgium has been increasing since the year 2002. In 2012, 123 000 persons immigrated to Belgium – about 9 000 persons fewer than in 2011.
Country notes outlining regional variations in health, jobs, safety, environment, access to services, civic engagement, housing, education, income, and employment. These notes are from the OECD publication "How's Life in Your Region?".
Getting regions and cities 'right', adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work, is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. View the country factsheets from the publication OECD Regional Outlook 2014.
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According to a new OECD report, variation in rates of health care activity across geographic areas in countries is a cause for concern. Wide variation suggests that whether or not you will receive a particular health service depends to a very great extent on where you live within a country.
Country notes with main key findings of the book and key fact tables: a customised snapshot of a country's educational environment, highlighting the most important issues in the educational landscape.
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Tertiary attainment rates are above the average, but remain virtually unchanged since 2010. Although tertiary attainment has expanded in Belgium over the last decade, the rate of increase is slowing down. In fact, the attainment rate of the adult population (25-64 year-olds) has remained unchanged at 35% since 2010, only slightly above the OECD average of 33%.