EU Science Hub

Facts4EUFuture - a series of reports for the future of Europe

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

Artificial intelligence: a European perspective

  • 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.

Beyond averages - Fairness in an economy that works for people

  • The fairness report addresses some of the most pertinent fairness dimensions in relation to a fair, inclusive and social European Union.

Blockchain Now and Tomorrow: Assessing Multidimensional Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technologies

  • An anticipatory approach for applications of blockchain in finance, industry, trade and public sectors, moving beyond the hype and debunking controversies.

China – challenges and prospects of an industrial and innovation powerhouse

  • China has become a major industrial competitor in several rapidly expanding high-tech sectors, and may well attain innovation leadership in specific areas.

Changing nature of work and skills in the digital age

  • The report offers an evidence based analysis of the impact of technology on labour markets and skills.

Cybersecurity - our digital anchor - a European perspective

  • The report “Cybersecurity, our digital anchor” looks at a new “life-style of resilience" to the cyber threats.

Demographic scenarios for the EU - migration, population and education

  • 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.

Future of cities - opportunities, challenges and the way forward

  • The importance and role of cities is increasing recognised - the future of cities will greatly impact all of our futures.

Future of road transport - implications of automated, connected, low-carbon and shared mobility

  • 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.

Understanding our political nature: how to put knowledge and reason at the heart of policymaking

  • 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.