One of the key themes discussed during the Digital Assembly 2019 was “Digital4Jobs”, alongside a technical workshop on June 13 and followed with the plenary session on June 14. A report by Prof Goos (Utrecht University) based on the discussions before and during the Digital Assembly is now available.
The European Union, like all other parts of the world, is being transformed, and often challenged, by mega-trends such as digitalisation, globalisation, migration, climate change, demographic change, notably ageing. The world of work is not immune from these changes - on the contrary, labour markets in Europe and elsewhere are already undergoing massive and structural changes.
Digitalisation is not the only cause of these transformations, but it is an important factor of both positive and negative effects. It is driving rapid changes in the labour market influencing the nature, quality and productivity of work. European leaders face the challenge of making use of these developments to foster economic growth and employment - while at the same time ensuring decent working conditions, social protection and equal opportunities for all.
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 High-Level Group on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets) 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.