The high-level expert group on the impact of the digital transformation on EU labour markets was set up to provide analysis and advice to the Commission, and explore policy options. It comprises representatives from academia, civil society, as well as industry.

Background on the High-Level Expert Group

On 7 May 2018, the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG EMPL) announced the creation of the High-Level Expert Group (HLG) on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets.

Prof. Dr. Maarten Goos (Utrecht University) was appointed as Chair of the group by Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Marianne Thyssen.

The Commission opened a call for expressions of interest for other members of the group. The call for expressions of interest, which closed on 4 June 2018, resulted in more than 80 applications from a broad range of experts across Europe. Following an internal selection process, the Directors-General of DG CONNECT and DG EMPL appointed 10 members to the HLG.

Digital Assembly 2019: report and recommendations on 'Digital4Jobs'

Prior to and during the Digital Assembly 2019, the European Commission relied on the support of Utrecht University (Prof Maarten Goos, former Chair of the HLG) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (Dr Andrea Renda, member of the High-Level Group on Artificial Intelligence) to identify key questions to address and policy recommendations for the future. A summary of these discussions (.pdf), drafted by Prof Goos, is available.

Final report

The report of the HLG on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets was published on 8 April 2019. It was adopted by consensus and includes recommendations on:

  1. a skilled workforce supporting digitalisation;  
  2. managing new labour relations;
  3. a new social contract.

Meetings of the High-Level Expert Group

The first meeting of the High-Level Expert Group took place on 18 September 2018. You can find the minutes of all meetings on the website of the Register of Commission Expert Groups and other Similar Entities.

For all further information, please write to us at EC-HLG-FOW@ec.europa.eu.

The Members of the HLG on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets

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    Morten Binder

    CEO, HK Unemployment insurance fund

  • Picture of Katarina Ćurković

    Katarina Ćurković

    Head of Career guidance and counselling Division, Croatian Employment Service (CES)

  • Picture of Maarten Goos

    Maarten Goos

    Professor of Economics and Institutions at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University; Chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets

  • Picture of Solveigh Hieronimus

    Solveigh Hieronimus

    Partner, McKinsey & Companies, co-leads McKinsey’s Center for Government (MCG)

  • Picture of Vassil Kirov

    Vassil Kirov

    Associate Professor in the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (ISSK-BAS) and Associate Researcher the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

  • Picture of Vili Lehdonvirta

    Vili Lehdonvirta

    Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and Hugh Price Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford

  • Picture of Karl McFaul

    Karl McFaul

    CEO, The Modern Group, Co-Founder of the Future Navigators

  • Picture of Maria Savona

    Maria Savona

    Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics at SPRU Science and Technology, Policy Research University of Sussex UK

  • Picture of Gary Shaughnessy

    Gary Shaughnessy

    CEO Europe, Middle East & Africa, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

  • Picture of Lucia Velasco

    Lucia Velasco

    Advisor to the Prime Minister Office, Spain