Commissioner Thyssen gives keynote speech at conference on “The Future of Work we Want”

Tomorrow, 15 November, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will give a keynote speech at the conference “The Future of Work We Want”, taking place in Brussels on 15 and 16 November. The conference is jointly organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the International Labour Organisation. Aim of the conference is to discuss ways to tackle challenges such as globalisation, technological innovation, demographic shifts, migration and climate change with EESC members. More specifically, participants will discuss whether Europe will be able to keep its high standards of employment in the face of technological innovation and global competition. Ahead of the conference, Commissioner Thyssen said: “The European Pillar of Social Rights has played an important role in the debate on the future of work and welfare. Launched in March, the consultation on the Pillar has gathered input from experts, stakeholders and citizens across the EU. All Member States have now also been consulted, but citizens and all interested parties have until 30 December to contribute. One thing is already clear: There is a strong demand for policy answers which address the broad agenda of social fairness.” At 10:30, a press conference will take place, in which Commissioner Thyssen will participate together with the President of the Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, and the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, Guy Ryder. Journalists can register by sending an email to