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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Levels of alcohol consumption in Ireland increased significantly from 1980 to 2001 and then decreased, but are still above the OECD average. In 2012, an average of 11.6 litres of pure alcohol per capita was consumed in Ireland, compared with an estimate of 9.1 litres in the OECD. Preliminary estimates (Revenue Commissioners) for 2014 show a slight drop to 11 litres per capita.
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This country note from Going for Growth 2015 for Ireland identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.
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The tax burden in Ireland increased by 1 percentage point from 27.3% to 28.3% in 2013. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Irish standard VAT rate is 23%, which is well above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
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Despite cuts in recent years, health spending as a share of GDP in Ireland remains slightly higher than the EU average and pharmaceutical spending in particular remains relatively high.
Ireland is one the best performing donors when it comes to directing its development aid to the world’s neediest countries, according to a new OECD report.
Overall immigration registration permissions remained largely stable in 2012 with 157 800 certificates issued.
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.