The Commission's Directorate-Generals for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) and for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL) have set up the high-level expert group on the impact of the digital transformation on EU labour markets. The Commission is seeking expressions of interest for 9 members of the High-Level Group, who will act in a personal capacity, independently and in the public interest.

The tasks of the group shall be to analyse and advise the Commission on the impact of the digital transformation on EU labour markets and explore policy options, including:

  • Analysis of how to shape the transformation and what framework conditions to be put in place to make it smooth and human-centric;
  • Identification of the potential social impacts (risks and opportunities) of digitalisation, in particular the large-scale application of artificial intelligence, and the expected job losses and gains;
  • Developing responses to the impact digitalisation has on skills requirements;
  • Exploring viable ways to manage digitalisation's impact on labour law and working conditions;
  • Identifying ways to use digitalisation (in particular artificial intelligence) to make labour markets more inclusive;
  • Assessing the impact of digitalisation on income distribution and existing inequality and ways to respond to it;
  • Defining ways to adapt social security systems to ensure a high level of social protection for all forms of employment;
  • Evaluating mechanisms to adapt the tax and benefit system to ensure that fair contributions are paid and loopholes are avoided e.g. revision of taxation models;
  • Breaking down the potential effects of digitalisation by industry and sector of the economy.

The High Level Group will hold its inaugural meeting after the summer of 2018 and is expected to produce a report, with policy recommendations, by early 2019.

The Chair of the High Level Group will be appointed by the Directors-General of DG CONNECT and DG EMPL; the Commission is seeking expressions of interest for the 9 remaining members of the High Level Group. The deadline to apply is 4 June 2018. 

Further information can be found in the Register of Commission Expert Groups and in the attached documents.

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