OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Estonia made its first official step towards OECD in 1996, when the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three Baltic states sent a joint declaration to the OECD, in which they proposed to establish the Baltic Regional Programme.
The Baltic Regional Programme was approved by the OECD Council in 1998, and until it ended in 2004, the Programme was the main basis for the relations between Estonia and the OECD. In 2007 Estonia received the accession invitation and in 2010 acceded to the OECD. The possibility to get analyses compiled by recognised and independent OECD experts on different spheres of Estonian economic life was one of the reasons Estonia decided to apply for OECD membership. The first economic survey of Estonia was completed in 2009; a new survey was presented in April 2011. The compilation of the economic survey of Estonia has shown that not only reading the analysis but also taking part in the preparation of the report is very instructive. The National Library of Estonia has been a depository library for the OECD since 2009, but in the collections of the library there are also OECD publications from much earlier times.