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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was established in Paris on 14 October 1960, where 20 countries signed the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and two supplementary protocols which entered into force on 32 September 1961. The Czech Republic became an OECD member on 21 December 1995. Currently, the OECD associates 30 member states.

For more than 40 years, the OECD has been one of the world's largest and most reliable sources of comparable statistics, and economic and social data. During the past decades, the OECD has evolved its activities on the environment, agriculture and technology, among many others.

Since 1970, when the OECD Environmental Programme was launched by establishing the Environmental Policy Committee and the OECD Environment Directorate, the importance of the environment for policy making has been ever increasing. The OECD plays a unique role in the interlinking of environmental problems with economic perspectives. The Czech Republic participates regularly and actively in the meetings of the Environment Policy Committee, where it assigns a great importance to the OECD’s long-term analytical work on Environmental Performance Reviews (EPRs) of member and co-operating states, Green Growth Strategy, Environmental Outlooks (2001, 2008, 2012) and Environmental Strategies. The OECD’s work on economic instruments for the environment is also very reputable. The Czech Republic particularly supports the output area of the OECD’s work „Environmental Peer Reviews, Indicators and Outlooks“ through voluntary contributions.

Several self-governing organisations belong to the OECD family: the International Energy Agency, the Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Transport Forum.

The director of the Department of Multilateral Relations of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic Jiri Hlavacek has been elected a vice-chair of the bureau of the Environment Policy Committee for the period 2009-2011. In his function he seeks to improve the effectiveness of the meetings and facilitate a profound discussion on relevant topics. He also supports the work on the Green Growth Strategy while warning against substitution of sustainable development activities by this new initiative.

Contact point for the OECD Environmental Programme in the Czech Republic:
Ministry of the Environment
Department of Multilateral Relations
Vršovická 65
100 00 Prague 10
Czech Republic

Ms Petra Tachecí
Tel: +420 267 122 454
Fax: +420 267 310 015
e-mail: Petra.Tacheci@mzp.cz

Czech contact point for the OECD abroad:
Permanent Delegation of the Czech Republic to the OECD

Other links:
Czech Republic in the OECD