Artificial Intelligence for Europe – Pillar 2: Adapting Education and Social Systems (Communication)

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The EU-Commission wants to support the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in order to safeguard the EU's global competitiveness. For this purpose, the EU Commission proposes a three-pillar "AI Strategy". The Commission is calling on the Member States to adapt their education and social systems to the new working environment.


In cep’s view, the envisaged improvement in digital skills will increase the competitiveness of the European economy. Thus, Member States should also refrain from obstructing the impending changes by subsidising jobs that may be replaced by AI. cep sees no adequate reason, however, for the Commission’s proposed EU support for (re-)training  professional groups which are at risk of being automated or for developing the skills of employees. This, in fact, produces a risk of dead-weight loss.

This cepPolicyBrief on the second pillar deals with the second aim of the AI strategy which is to adapt education, training and social systems to the new working environment changed by AI.

A first cepPolicyBrief 2019-10 relating to the first pillar (Investment in AI) has already been published. A further cepPolicyBrief to the third pillar (Ethical and legal rules for AI) will follow.