Fabio Pianesi is “Head of External Collaboration” at EIT Digital. He leads “ARISE Europe”, EIT Digital’s program aimed at connecting local innovation ecosystems from the Baltics, CEE, the Balkans and Portugal to EIT Digital pan-European network. He takes care of the relationships with international funding agencies, supervising EIT Digital’s participation in H2020. A psychologist by education with a specialization in Computer Science, he joined the Natural Language Processing unit of FBK-irst (Trento), serving first as deputy-head and then as head of the Cognitive and Communication Technologies division (1998 – 2008). From 2008 until 2011, he led the joint FBK-UniTn Computational Cognition Laboratory and managed FBK’s Ambient Assisted Living activities. He has been working with EIT Digital since 2012, first as Co-Location Manager and Vice-President of the Trento Node and then, starting 2013 until 2016, as Research Director
Digital Transformation of European Industry – A Policy Perspective | Medzinárodný kongres ITAPA 2019
Digital innovation and transformation drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, revolutionizing the structure and governance of markets and lead to a significant reconfiguration of work and employment. On the one hand, integrating digital innovations in business strategies is essential to create value. Further, the digital transformation allows deep connection of systems creating seamless digitalized value chains with increased efficiency. On the other hand, though, there may be pressure on social cohesion, since only certain social groups and/or regions and/or countries might be in a position to benefit while others might be left behind. Also, the distribution of the newly created value may be uneven, for example via the potential erosion of the tax base due to fewer taxable jobs, or due to the fact that digital platforms and transaction risk to be elusive to taxation. Thus, the digital transformation of the industry puts serious challenges to the European economies and social welfare models. In order to support an informed debate on how to address these challenges, we will introduce scenarios reflecting different labor and taxation policy options, analyzing the impact on economic growth, jobs and social cohesion of Europe’s economies and societies.