Alexis Tsipras: "Reforming Greece into a changing Europe"

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. OECD/Hervé Cortinat

On 12 March 2015, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signed a joint document of co-operation to strengthen the collaboration following talks in Paris between OECD experts and Greek ministers.

The OECD and Greece identified six main issues to work together on: boosting job creation, reducing the administrative burden to business, improving the efficiency of public finance and spending, instilling a culture of transparency and integrity, strengthening the tax system, and introducing more competition.

"What is needed is a shock to the system to kickstart growth, and maintain it over a sustained period", said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a keynote speech to OECD staff and guests.

"Our aim is to facilitate an inclusive and sustainable recovery of the Greek economy, so we can improve the well-being of all Greeks", said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría (Read the speech).

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Economic data

GDP growth: +0.3% Q3 2019
Consumer price inflation: 1.8 % Nov 2019 annual
Trade (G20): -0.7% exp, -0.9% imp, Q3 2019
Unemployment: 5.1% November 2019
Last update: 15 January 2020

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