International Conference on the Future of Work

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)

from

21.03.2018

12:00

to

22.03.2018

14:00

National Palace of Culture

An international conference on "The Future of Work" will take place on 21-22 March in Sofia. It aims to encourage sharing views and knowledge on the challenges and opportunities that arise in the context of a highly digitalised and fast-paced world of work. The discussion will feature topics such as the professional skills and knowledge that are expected to be needed in the coming decades, the main challenges of an ageing workforce and the ways to promote a longer working life and an effective intergenerational transfer of skills and experience.

The conference participants will also talk about ways to improve the policies that advance education, training and retraining in a way that the newly acquired skills better match the labour market needs. The forum will deliberate on the methods of adapting social security systems to the new forms of employment.

The conference is organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, with the support of the European Commission. About 150 representatives of international institutions, social partners, civil society organisations and politicians from the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Western Balkans are expected to participate in the event. The debates and the results of the conference will be included in the draft of the European Council conclusions.

Parts of the conference will be livestreamed here.

Agenda

21 March 2018 | Wednesday

12:00 - 12:30

Registration

13:30 - 14:10

Opening (livestream)

Keynote speech by Svetlin Nakov, co-founder and CEO, Software University (SoftUni), Bulgaria; Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria; Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, European Commission (video message); Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organisation (video message);

14:10 - 15:50

First Session: The future of work and demographic challenges (livestream)

Moderator: Christian Bodewig, Program Leader for Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

16:20 - 18:00

Second Session: Development of practical knowledge and skills from an early age (livestream)

Moderator: Deepа Grover, Senior Advisor - Early Childhood Development, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

22 March 2018 | Thursday

09:00 - 09:10

Keynote speech on the impact of digitalisation on the labour market (livestream)

Andriana Sukova, Deputy Director-General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

09:10 - 11:00

Third Session: Right skills for new jobs and the impact of digitalization and automation on the labour market (livestream)

Andriana Sukova, Deputy Director-General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

11:30 - 13:30

Fourth Session: New forms of work: Fair working conditions and adequate social protection (livestream)

Moderator: Zornitsa Roussinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria

13:20 - 13:40

Summing up

Moderators of all panels

13:40 - 14:00

Closing remarks (livestream)

Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria; Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society; Dr Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria;

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