On 28 June 2017, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation issued a request for the EGE to begin work on its first Opinion. In liaison with President Juncker, the Commissioner has asked the EGE to examine issues surrounding the future of work, reflecting upon the societal, political and technological changes which are re-shaping the world of work, and society more broadly. The EGE will explore phenomena ranging from the rise of the gig economy and industry 4.0 to the ethics of artificial intelligence and robotics and man-machine interaction. They will consider fundamental questions of why we work and how work gives us meaning, as well as how core European values of European justice and solidarity are realised.
The work of the EGE began in earnest at its plenary meeting on 4-5 July 2017, where the Group held hearings with Commission representatives from DG Employment Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG Education and Culture and the Cabinet of Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market.
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