The EU faces a series challenges resulting from four global transformative trends:
- technological development;
- new work and societal organisation;
- environmental sustainability and
- shifts in the geopolitical balance.
These transformations are complex and rapid.
To produce credible responses, our policy makers will need more sophisticated analysis. This may allow them to anticipate change and be prepared for it.
We at the JRC are determined to provide this, starting with this new series of reports.
They provide an in-depth analysis of some of the key challenges. The reports view them through many different angles to better grasp their full complexity.
The Facts4EUFuture reports
- We are only at the beginning of a rapid period of transformation of our economy and society due to the convergence of many digital technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is central to this change.
- The fairness report addresses some of the most pertinent fairness dimensions in relation to a fair, inclusive and social European Union.
- An anticipatory approach for applications of blockchain in finance, industry, trade and public sectors, moving beyond the hype and debunking controversies.
- China has become a major industrial competitor in several rapidly expanding high-tech sectors, and may well attain innovation leadership in specific areas.
- The report offers an evidence based analysis of the impact of technology on labour markets and skills.
- The report “Cybersecurity, our digital anchor” looks at a new “life-style of resilience" to the cyber threats.
- To make decisions about the future, it is important to understand how many people there will be in the future, and where they will live and work.
- The importance and role of cities is increasing recognised - the future of cities will greatly impact all of our futures.
- Current trends suggest that future road transport will be significantly different. New technologies, transport systems and business models need to meet better policies, governance and involve people.
- Advances in behavioural, decision and social sciences show that humans are not purely rational beings. As a result, this report brings new insights to political behaviour.