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Estonia celebrates 10 years of OECD membership

BC, Tallinn, 09.12.2020.Print version
On Dec. 9, 2010, Estonia became a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), although its cooperation with the organization had begun in the 1990s, informs LETA/BNS.

On Wednesday, Estonia's membership is celebrated with a book exhibition at the National Library, spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that Estonia’s membership in international organizations was key to ensuring national prosperity and security. "OECD is a platform of evidence-based policy where countries can share their common challenges and try to find solutions together. From Estonia’s perspective, it is very important to be a member of this analytical center where new ideas are generated, fresh solutions are proposed and the development of humanity and the world is guided. This is what OECD membership has offered to Estonia in the best way over these 10 years," Reinsalu said.

A book exhibition on the OECD and Estonia’s road to membership remains open at the National Library until the end of December. Janne Andresoo, director general of the National Library, said that as the official repository library of the OECD, the National Library of Estonia has been ensuring the availability of the organization’s publications to experts and other readers in Estonia for 11 years. "Considering the amount of useful analytical comparative information generated by the OECD annually, performing this role is very important to the National Library," Andresoo said.

The OECD brings together highly developed countries with an open market economy that respect democracy and human rights. The headquarters of the organization are located in Paris. OECD member countries are cooperating closely and the organization publishes comparative analyses and studies that assist countries in policy-making. In October, Estonia nominated President Kersti Kaljulaid as a candidate for the next secretary-general of the OECD. 

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