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News article19 December 2018BrusselsDirectorate-General for Research and Innovation

'Future of Work, Future of Society' a new opinion by the EGE

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies has published its new Opinion: ''Future of Work, Future of Society'.

It was presented to Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility during an official handover.

The report traces the trends shaping the new landscape of work, assesses the degree to which current governance frameworks are fit for purpose and analyses the ethical implications for individuals and societies.  It finds that while digital technologies create value, efficiency gains and unparalleled flexibility, evidence indicates increased precarity and a widening inequality gap.

In order to safeguard European values of human dignity, solidarity and justice, the EGE calls for a shift of focus and a bold re-thinking of the existing social contract. Rather than placing the overwhelming responsibility on individual upskilling, the EU should embark on a societal upskilling, giving renewed consideration to the institutions and economic, political, and social frameworks that shape the welfare of people and societies.  

Read the corresponding news alert.


Publication date
19 December 2018
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation