Interview with Nicolas Schmit

The job of the future —what does it look like?

Part of the POLITICO’s EU Studies and Career Fair
February 14, 12PM-1:30 PM, Brussels 

POLITICO’s interview with Nicolas Schmit, European commissioner for jobs and social rights 

Europe’s job market is changing fast and the direction is in flux. European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has set industrial competitiveness, upskilling Europe’s workforce, a new green deal for climate and strengthening social protections as major political priorities for the next five years. Companies and countries are experimenting with radical shifts that will change the relationship between employee and employer, from a 4-day working week to universal basic income or mass retraining programs for artificial intelligence. Fears over the rise of the robots are being replaced by more nuanced views of how automation and digitization will shape employment. 

These are the trends that will determine the realities of work in the coming decade. As part of its 21st EU Studies and Career Fair program, POLITICO is excited to welcome European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit for a one-to-one interview. We will  discuss with him  what the job of the future looks like — and what it means for the next generation of politicians, business leaders and workers. 

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What will Europe’s labour market look like in 2030?
  • Does the future mean working less?
  • How will technology and automation change the job as we know it?
  • Is Europe’s industry getting the people and the skills it needs?
  • Are current education and training systems giving young people the tools to be competitive?
  • Will the environment benefit or lose out in the future of work?
  • Will workers’ rights be more or less protected?


12:00 PM   Welcome remarks by POLITICO moderator  

  • Laura Greenhalgh, news editor, policy, POLITICO 

12:05 PM   Opening remarks by our partner (TBC)  

12:10 PM   One-to-One Interview with Nicolas Schmit, European commissioner for jobs and social rights including Q&A 

  • Moderated by: Laura Greenhalgh, news editor, policy, POLITICO 

12:35 PM   Closing remarks 

12:40 PM   Networking lunch 

13:30 PM  End of the session   

Nicolas Schmit, European commissioner for jobs and social rights 

Nicolas Schmit has been  European commissioner for jobs and social rights since December 1, 2019. Previously, Schmit was elected to the European Parliament in May 2019 and was MEP for the social-democratic Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Aarbechterpartei, part of the group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group (S&D). He was a member in the committee on employment and social affairs (EMPL). Before that, Schmit was minister for labour and employment in the Luxembourgish government from 2009 to 2018 and was appointed minister delegate for foreign affairs and immigration in 2004. Prior to this, he followed a long career of public service in Luxembourg taking up duty as permanent representative of Luxembourg to the EU in 1998 for a six-year term. Schmit holds a doctorate in international economic relations and a master’s in French literature from the University of Aix-Marseille.