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Plenary A: Inaugural keynote speeches

Monday 27 June, 11.00-13.00, Room: Belgium

The world of work is shaped by a host of drivers and institutions, including technological changes, globalisation, demographic transformations, welfare provision etc. Among the foremost of these drivers, and the focus of this year’s conference, is the digitalisation of the economy. The conference will explore how digitalisation is shaping work and how regulations and institutions are reacting and responding to these new as well as old challenges.

Questions that will be considered and debated over the three days include: What are the main trends we are observing and how are they influencing work and working conditions? What are the main challenges to work as well as to trade unions? And what are the strategies, regulations and institutions that have been put in place, or could be put in place, in order to shape the new world of work?

The opening panel will set the scene for the three day conference. The keynote speakers will share their analyses of how work is being transformed and, in particular, how their institutions are engaging with the issues at stake and what actions are being taken to address them.

Welcome speech:


  • Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Jeffrey Franks, IMF Europe Office Director
  • Mark Keese, Head of the Employment, Analysis and Policy Division
  • Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
  • Thomas Händel, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, European Parliament


Next: Plenary B: The big picture (setting the scene)

Interpretation available.