Supply-chain turmoil during the covid crisis and also China's stance in the Ukraine war have made Germany and Europe aware of the risks that dependence on China can entail. Whereas economic policy and business decisions used to be based on economic criteria, geopolitical factors such as stability and political security are now increasingly coming to the fore.
What do all these developments mean for future business relations with China? How should Europe position itself?
It is a powerful line-up: Pillars is joining forces with the renowned ifo Institute and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria to review how data can be leveraged to ascertain not only the state of skills availability, but also which skills will be needed in the future. A workshop, to be held in Munich March 23rd, will offer representatives of industry, public administration and politics a chance to discuss findings directly with Pillars and ifo researchers.
The current workshop aims to discuss the impact of automation technologies on the labour markets in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), and to highlight policies in the region that have been designed to stimulate innovation and inclusion on the labour markets.
After one-and-a-half years of work, Pillars will share, discuss and enrich its interim results at a conference to be held on 11 and 12 July 2022 in Brussels.