October 24, 2016

New technologies, new skills, new jobs

EU40 and Enel jointly organised an interactive roundtable debate titled “New technologies, new skills, new jobs” that took place on the 10th of November 2016, from 10.00 to 11.30h, at ICAB IncubatorRue des Pères Blancs 4, 1040 Brussels (Etterbeek). European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas participated in the debate. The debate was co-hosted by MEP Brando Benifei, MEP Martina Dlabajova and MEP Sofia Ribeiro.


  • Carlos MOEDAS, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation;
  • Brando BENIFEI, MEP, EMPL Member;
  • Martina DLABAJOVA, MEP, EMPL Member;
  • Tinkara OBLAK, European Youth Forum Board Member;
  • Moreno CARULLO, co-founder Nozomi Networks, to showcase a success story of a young skilled entrepreneur who managed to launch his own business;
  • Simone MORI, Executive Vice-President Enel Spa & Assoelettrica Chairman;
  • Marnix HOUSEN, CEO at ICAB Business & Technology Incubator


Today more than 4.5 million young people are unemployed in the EU, with peaks of more than 40% in some countries. In the near future some specific drivers of job creation can be identified in Europe, such as the ICT sector boom and the energy transition. The role of the private sector is fundamental, but only with the full engagement of all other parties involved.

The challenges that the near future presents can be transformed into opportunities and drivers of growth. Transformations are already happening in society: are policy-makers, stakeholders, employers, educators prepared to meet the challenge?

We welcomed students from local universities (technical courses), as well as innovation and scientific networks in order to debate about the challenges and opportunities in the scientific field. We took this opportunity to create a rich and engaging discussion with young people who shared their experiences and insights in terms of the difficulties they met when being confronted with the difficult situation of the job market and opportunities that can arise from a win-win cooperation with all the parties involved.

Event coverage by the Italian media agency ANSA is available at the following link: http://bit.ly/2f46cT6

Pictures of the event may be viewed below: