A look to the Future

Reflection on EU Policy and Regulation on AI with European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, Beate Andrees (ILO), Kim Van Sparrentak (EP)

Thursday, November 16, 2023
Plenary Session
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM


As artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more prevalent, Europe should work to ensure their trustworthy development and use to maximise their value for the economy and minimise risks for workers. Employees may be aware that AI can improve their work but are concerned that it will threaten their jobs and wages or worsen their working conditions.

AI may enhance productivity, promote inclusivity, or increase safety in the workplace. But it can generate issues of transparency, accountability, and fairness, especially vis-à-vis workers. Its misuse can lead to discrimination and the exploitation of the most vulnerable, with significant consequences on workers’ mental and physical health.

EU Policy makers are confronted with a two folded challenge: ensuring that machines would not hamper people’s right to have a job and that the same machines would enhance not worsen the quality of the jobs that human will perform in the future.