The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) is an independent advisory body of the President of the European Commission.

Open Roundtable: The Future of work
5 February 2018, Brussels, Berlaymont

  • Why do we work and how does work give us meaning?
  • How can European values of justice, dignity and solidarity be realised in a changing world?
  • To what extent might longstanding governance frameworks, such as social security systems and employment laws, require updating?

The Open Round Table will convene a wide range of stakeholders from all sectors of society, including academic experts, international organisations, industry, trade unions and NGOs will discuss the thorny questions at the heart of this issue, ranging from the consequences of automation and digitalisation on the labour market, including the future role of artificial intelligence, through to the rise of the gig economy and industry 4.0. As a critical moment of public deliberation, the Round Table will inform the drafting of the upcoming EGE Opinion on the Future of Work.

Join us and take part in shaping the changes you would like to see, the world you would like your children to live in.

You can also follow the debates via web-stream on our homepage. Participate in it and share with us your questions or comments, via the email with the subject line Written contribution – Open Round Table by 31 January 2018.

You can also send it by post to the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, Rue de la Loi 200 Wetstraat, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.

EGE and the European Data Protection Supervisor together on digital ethics

On 14 December the EGE met with Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), and with the EDPS Ethics Advisory Group, for an exchange on both groups' ongoing work. These discussions were set in the context of the plenary meeting of the EGE on 13-14 December.

The Group had fruitful exchanges with Commissioner Moedas as well as hearings on the Future of Work with Ruth Paserman, Deputy-Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Thyssen, and with Professor Johannes Giesecke, Humboldt University of Berlin, and with Juha Heikkila and Cécile Huet, DG Connect, on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

EGE holds joint meeting with the Council of Europe’s Bioethics Committee

On 26 October 2017 the EGE met in Strasbourg to continue its reflections on the ethical implications of the future of work, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics.

The plenary session was also the occasion of a historic joint meeting of the EGE and the Council of Europe’s DH-BIO Group, jointly convened by the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The meeting followed the Council of Europe’s international conference on the 20th anniversary of the Oviedo Convention and provided an opportunity for joint reflection between the two groups on the evolution of ethics and the challenges posed by new scientific and technological developments such as gene editing.

EGE and Commissioner Moedas discuss artificial intelligence and the future of work

On 21 September the EGE met with Commissioner Moedas to discuss progress on the Group’s Opinion on the Future of Work as well as the wider ethical, societal and fundamental rights issues linked to the advances in artificial intelligence and robotics.

The exchange took place as part of the Group’s two-day plenary meeting on 20-21st September which also saw expert hearings conducted with Dr. Ruby Gropas (European Political Strategy Centre), Professor Phillippe van Parijs (Université catholique de Louvain) and Professor Judy Wajcman (London School of Economics).

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