The workshop will address the impact of the digital transformation on jobs and skills policy as an important response to the challenges due to digitisation.

Digitisation has been changing Europe's societies and economies for the last twenty years, and this evolution is gaining speed. The transformative powers of artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things, mobile and blockchain technologies are on course for a fourth industrial revolution. This development is overwhelmingly for the good, improving living standards, life expectancy and quality of life. Nevertheless, it can also have disruptive effects, most notably on labour markets.

It is critical for social cohesion and the sustainability of our social models and for strong democratic institutions that rapid technological change is effectively managed so as to maximise the benefits and minimise the negative effects. This includes equipping our citizens at all ages with the tools and capacities to participate fully and successfully in this digital transformation.

The workshop will analyse the impact of these developments and discuss policy options to respond to these challenges.

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14:30 to 14:50
Introductory remarks

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market

Giuliano Poletti, Minister for Labour and Social Policies, Italy


Jorge Schnura, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, source{d}, Spain

14:50 to 15:25
Session 1

Views on the impact of digital technology and automation and the policies to be put in place to support the transformation.

Moderator: Karen Coleman

  • Emmanuel Mallia, Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Malta
  • Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium
  • Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister, Slovakia
  • Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister, Slovenia
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Diego Piacentini, Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and Digital Champion, Italy


15:25 to 16:10
Session 2

The impact of digitisation on labour markets and work and how to facilitate the transition for workers and companies

Moderator: Karen Coleman
  • Tito Boeri, President of INPS, Italy 
  • Marco Gay, President Young Entrepreneurs, Confindustria, Italy
  • Enrico Giovannini, Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Vili Lehdonvirta, Associate Professor, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary, UNIEuropa
  • Stefano Scarpetta, Director Employment Division, OECD
16:10 to 16:55
Session 3

Stakeholders and policy makers' views of  on how to make sure that the labour force has sufficient skills and to make education systems fit for the digital age.

Moderator: Karen Coleman

  • Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament, Italy
  • Alessandro Bogliolo, Professor, CodeWeek coordinator, Italy
  • Matt Brittin, President EMEA Business & Operations Google, United Kingdom
  • Domingos Folque Guimaraes, Digital Champion Portugal 
  • Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of the European Parliament, Finland
  • Laura Quintana, Vice President Cisco, United States
  • Martine Reicherts, Director-General for Education & Culture, European Commission
16:55 to 17:15
The way forward and Q&A