EGE convenes Open Round Table on the Future of Work
Why do we work and how does work give us meaning? How can European values of justice, dignity and solidarity be realised in a changing world? To what extent might longstanding governance frameworks, such as social security systems and employment laws, require updating?
Held on 5 February 2018, the Open Round Table brought together a wide range of stakeholders from all sectors of society, including academic experts, international organisations, industry, trade unions and NGOs, discussing the thorny questions at the heart of this issue, ranging from the consequences of automation and digitalisation on the labour market, including the future role of artificial intelligence, through to the rise of the gig economy and industry 4.0. As a critical moment of public deliberation, the Round Table will inform the development of the upcoming EGE Opinion on the Future of Work.
The Round Table was webstreamed and remote participation was also possible. Comments and questions were received during the event and in advance of it, by electronic means as well as by postal mail.
EGE and the European Data Protection Supervisor together on digital ethics
On 14 December the EGE met with Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), and with the EDPS Ethics Advisory Group, for an exchange on both groups' ongoing work. These discussions were set in the context of the plenary meeting of the EGE on 13-14 December.
The Group had fruitful exchanges with Commissioner Moedas as well as hearings on the Future of Work with Ruth Paserman, Deputy-Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Thyssen, and with Professor Johannes Giesecke, Humboldt University of Berlin, and with Juha Heikkila and Cécile Huet, DG Connect, on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
EGE holds joint meeting with the Council of Europe’s Bioethics Committee
On 26 October 2017 the EGE met in Strasbourg to continue its reflections on the ethical implications of the future of work, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics.
The plenary session was also the occasion of a historic joint meeting of the EGE and the Council of Europe’s DH-BIO Group, jointly convened by the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The meeting followed the Council of Europe’s international conference on the 20th anniversary of the Oviedo Convention and provided an opportunity for joint reflection between the two groups on the evolution of ethics and the challenges posed by new scientific and technological developments such as gene editing.
EGE and Commissioner Moedas discuss artificial intelligence and the future of work
On 21 September the EGE met with Commissioner Moedas to discuss progress on the Group’s Opinion on the Future of Work as well as the wider ethical, societal and fundamental rights issues linked to the advances in artificial intelligence and robotics.
The exchange took place as part of the Group’s two-day plenary meeting on 20-21st September which also saw expert hearings conducted with Dr. Ruby Gropas (European Political Strategy Centre), Professor Phillippe van Parijs (Université catholique de Louvain) and Professor Judy Wajcman (London School of Economics).