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Estonia Selected Vice-Chair of OECD’s 2013 Ministerial Council Meeting

05.11.2012

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) chose Estonia and Australia to be the vice-chairs of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting taking place in Paris in May of next year.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that being chosen as a vice-chair is a great honour for Estonia, as one of the newest members of the OECD. “In the two years that it has been an OECD member state, Estonia has been an active participant in the organisation’s work,” Paet noted. “Being a vice-chair of the ministerial meeting and guiding the work of the organisation next year will increase Estonia’s visibility even more,” he added.

Paet said that with its multi-faceted work, the OECD covers the full government sector as well as many economic areas from agriculture to the social and education sector.

The OECD Ministerial Council Meeting is the most important event of the year for the organisation. The ministerial meeting is led by one member state, which is in turn assisted by two vice-chairs, who are chosen through the consensus of the member states. In 2013 Norway will serve as chairman with Estonia and Australia as vice-chairs for the meeting taking place from 29-30 May 2013.

The OECD is a forum for industrially developed democratic nations which is based in Paris. It was established on 30 September 1961. Its predecessor was created after World War II to administer American and Canadian aid for rebuilding Europe (the Marshall Plan). The OECD currently has 34 members. The organisation is led by Mexican Secretary General Angel Gurría, who was chosen on 30 September 2010 to lead the OECD for another term (2011-2015).

Estonia became an OECD member in December 2010.

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