Conversations on Europe: European Year of Skills: What's the future of labor in Europe?

The EU declared 2023 the Year of Skills to bring attention to the challenges the contemporary workforce faces and to the European responses. It is indeed a period of transition in labor, with no little unrest. The Yellow Vest strikes are perhaps the best known of the strikes that have taken place recently in Europe. This Conversation on Europe (CoE) considers the state of labor and the security of employment. In conversation with our panelists, we will consider labor struggles, the disruption of historical industries, the insecurity caused by inflation, energy scarcity, and AI. We will consider the future in Europe of the developing culturally diverse workforce? And we will hear about EU level initiatives to develop skilled workers for the 21st century.

Moderator:Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh


  • Jane Gingrich, University of Oxford
  • Stefan Olsson, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Jamie Woodcock, University of Essex

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