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European Liberal Forum and the Institute for Politics and Society invite you to the round table discussion Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat? – Automation and the Future of Work.

The Czech Republic currently has the lowest unemployment rate across the EU and experiences enormous economic growth. However, as a highly industrialized country with an outstanding automotive industry, it is expected to inevitably feel the vast effects of automation. Therefore, the means are the end; the Czech Republic will need to embrace automation and robotization in all economical areas and subsidize small to large businesses, as well as invest in AI and automatization. As routine jobs disappear, the government faces the challenges of supporting a workforce that needs to become better qualified in order to move into more demanding positions. Certainly, automation will affect all European countries and sharing new experiences internationally will be paramount. The Czech Republic has the opportunity to become a pioneer of policy making in the era of automation. Let us start the dialogue.



Welcome by Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society

Keynote speech

Martina Dlabajová, Member of the European Parliament (ANO/ALDE); Vice-President of the European Liberal Forum

Dita Charanzová, Member of the European Parliament (ANO/ALDE); Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Presentation of data analysis by Jan Klesla, Associate, Institute for Politics and Society

Presentation of statements and discussion moderated by Šárka Prát, Executive Director, Institute for Politics and Society

Wolfgang Spiess-Knafl, Executive Director, Next Generation Impact

Filip Pertold, Research Fellow, IDEA

Bohumil Kartous, Communications Manager, EDUin

Coffee break

Presentation of statements and discussion moderated by Šárka Prát, Executive Director, Institute for Politics and Society

Vladimír Dlouhý, President, Czech Chamber of Commerce

Michal Mejstřík, Professor of Economics, Charles University; Director, EEIP

Light lunch

The roundtable discussion will be held on 7th March 2019, 9:00-12:00 in the premises of Schebek Palace, Politických vězňů 936/7, Prague.

This event will be held in English and Czech with the provision of interpreting services.

Registration for this roundtable must be confirmed by organizers. 


An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the assistance of the Institute for Politics and Society. Co-funded by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum.


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