Liberal professions 4.0: sustainable transformation of professional features

By the EESC's Diversity Europe Group

The EESC's Diversity Europe group will be hosting an event on the liberal professions, focusing on the sustainable transformation of professional features. The event aims to gain new insights in order to come up with a future-proof definition of the liberal professions in a digitalised professional world.

High proficiency and competence, public interest obligations for services closely connected to essential areas such as health, safety, housing, quality of life, etc., strict self-monitoring (professional regulation, codes of conduct, disciplinary measures), personal responsibility and the independence of professional conduct from economic and other interests will be at the centre of the discussion.

The president of the Diversity Europe group, Arno Metzler, will open the meeting. The spokespersons for the liberal professions category will, in line with the manifesto adopted last year during the liberal professions conference in Rome, present a summary of achievements and outline future actions under the slogan From Rome to Brussels.

The conference will bring together numerous national and European representatives of the liberal professions, as well as academic experts on the topic to be discussed, on three panels:

  • Moving away from the cliché of 'protectionism' and adapting the definition of 'public interest' to societal developments.
  • Does digitalisation change the essential needs of mankind and how does this affect the liberal professions?
  • Restrictions on equity participation: no longer required or more necessary than ever? Investor interests vs. professional requirements.

The event will take place in Brussels on 27 November from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (cl)