On 15 October 2019, ACCA, PwC, BSA | The Software Alliance and European Movement International, organised an event in Brussels titled Digitalisation, SDGs and the future of work: addressing tomorrow's skills and jobs challenges. This was a side event related to Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and part of the European Vocational Skills Week 2019.
ACCA’s Chief Executive, Helen Brand, OBE began the event with a welcome speech, which was followed by a speech by Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of European Movement International and a video message from Eva Maydell, MEP. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Kristina Dervojeda, leader of PwC Innovation Research Centre at PwC Netherlands, who welcomed Mark Keese, Head of Skills and Employability Division at the OECD; Kasia Jurczak, Member of Cabinet of Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility; Martina Bisello, Research Officer, Employment Unit at Eurofound; Matteo Quattrocchi, Senior Manager, Policy - EMEA at BSA | The Software Alliance; and Anna Widegren, Secretary General of the European Youth Forum. Dragos Pîslaru also delivered a welcome message, andCounsellor for Employment, Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU Riikka-Maria Turkia, gave concluding remarks.
All speakers agreed that to shift mentalities, we need everyone to be on board, and that this must be a collective effort. We all have to think about how to develop the professional skills needed in this changing world, and go beyond technical knowledge.
To learn more about this event, view our detailed report and video highlighting key messages from speakers.