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Workshop – “Digital 4 Jobs”

Date: 13/06/2019 (10:00-12:30)

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 de-velopments to foster economic growth and employment - while at the same time ensuring decent working conditions, social protection and equal opportunities for all.

The "future of work" is, in fact, happening now.

If Europe wants to remain a global economic powerhouse, strengthen its competitiveness and at the same time ensure political cohesion, societal inclusiveness and the sustainability of its social model, hard questions on the role and direction of digitalisation need to be asked.

What are the urgent steps to be taken in the next five years to address the parallel phenomena of the shortage of skilled ICT workers and the restructuring of the labour market due to digital transformation?

How should we manage the impact of digitalisation on social security and pensions systems?

Where should we put the line so that flexible ways of work do not create insecurity and unpredictability?

Concrete, operational answers must be found and put into practice without hesitation.

The technical workshop on "digital4jobs" will foster a participatory debate in a "world cafe" format. Based on a few key questions that will be presented by Dr Andrea Renda of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) participants will actively work in small groups to identify core policy ideas, that will be a basis for the debate in the plenary session on the same topic on the morning of June 14.

The questions and the discussions at this technical workshop will be based on the outcomes of two preparatory workshops organised by CEPS and the European Commission in April and May 2019, as well as on a number of studies, analyses and expert reports that have been published in the past months, including the final report of the High-Level Group on the Impact of Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets.

Participation will be limited to ensure everyone has a chance to contribute.

Register and express your interest to attend the "digital4jobs" workshop now!

Links and Documents


  • Andrea RENDA (Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy Unit, Belgium), Opening of the world cafe and key questions
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