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Plenary session III – Digital 4 Jobs

Date: 14/06/2019 (9:30-11:00)

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 plenary session on "digital4jobs" will be opened by a keynote speech of Prof Dr Maarten Goos, former Chair of the High-Level Group on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets, which issued it report with recommendations to the European Commission and other stakeholders on 8 April 2019.

The panellists will discuss what are the main obstacles, challenges, drivers and opportunities to make sure that digitalisation is a force for real and shared progress for Europe.

The session will be closed with an exchange of views between two key representatives of the European "social partners", BusinessEurope and the European Trade Union Confederation.

The debate will be based, among others, on the key policy options identified during the participatory workshop on "digital4jobs" taking place on June 13 during the Digital Assembly.


Links and Documents


  • Maarten GOOS (Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance), Keynote speech
  • Anja MONRAD (Dell / Governing Board of the Digital Jobs and Skills Coalition, Denmark), Panellist
  • Uma RANI AMARA (International Labour Organisation (ILO), Research Department, Switzerland), Panellist
  • Marie Béatrice LEVAUX (European Federation for Family Employment, France), Panellist
  • Sarah DE HEUSCH (SMart - Société Mutuelle pour artistes, Development & Strategy Unit, Belgium), Panellist
  • Adrian HOFER (The Adecco Group, Digital Operations), Panellist
  • Gary SHAUGHNESSY (Z Zurich Foundation), Panellist
  • Nils TRAMPE (BusinessEurope, Working Group on Industrial Relations), Panellist
  • Per HILMERSSON (European Trade Union Confederation), Panellist
  • Mihnea COSTOIU (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest), Panellist
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