German presidency of the Council of the European Union
On 1 July 2020 Germany is taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for six months.
Together with its European partners, Germany wants to work earnestly on containing COVID-19, rebuilding the European economy and strengthening social cohesion in Europe over the coming weeks and months. The Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society project of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs wants to consistently work towards ensuring that technological change goes hand in hand with social progress.
This is because, in addition to its many advantages, the digital transformation also poses enormous challenges: numerous employees are concerned that AI and robots will deprive them of their work in the future. What is more, people working in digital business models such as platforms frequently do not have any social security. At the same time, (re-)entry to the employment market is becoming increasingly difficult for people who do not have the necessary digital skills. During Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will be addressing these issues under the title “A new working world – a human working world”.