During Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017, Friends of Europe will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for three working group roundtables to explore the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution across policymaking, ultimately producing a ‘future-focused report’ on the steps that must be taken to enhance transatlantic cooperation on the 4th Industrial Revolution; see that Europe’s digital skills, labour market and regulatory framework fit the bill of the new era; and ensure that in a context where events such as Brexit and member states’ domestic political crises risk reducing political traction at EU level, momentum on digital matters is not lost.
This initiative was launched by a conversation with Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market on 28 November.
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17.30 – 18.00 Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 – 20.30 Roundtable discussion: Work, skills and economic growth: harnessing the 4th Industrial Revolution
The final working group session of this series will take a long-term view on the wider infrastructure needed to stimulate and support digital growth on both sides of the Atlantic, beyond direct regulation and policy making on digital. Participants will attempt to define what actions and attitudes will be required for both Europe and the US to be ready to engage with the social and economic consequences of a global digital economy and how industry and other stakeholders can work with policymakers to stimulate the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that is required to build a pathway into the future, rather than stumble into it through disruption.
- Is business on both sides of the Atlantic ready for the challenges and opportunities that increasing automation will bring?
- How can education support skills development to meet the demands of the changing employment landscape?
- What approaches and public / private investment strategies will be required to seed innovation and digital growth?
20.30 End of event
Dharmendra Kanani/ Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe