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AI: MEPs approve new transparency and risk management rules

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On 11 May, MEPs on the Internal Market and Civil Liberties Committees adopted a joint draft negotiating mandate for the world’s first rules on artificial intelligence (AI).

The draft includes significant changes to the Commission’s proposal. These include a ban on predictive policing, a number of additions to the list of autonomous AI classified as high risk and a strong and inclusive role for the new AI Office. In addition, MEPs proposed stronger alignment with the GDPR, greater stakeholder involvement in a number of areas and the introduction of specific provisions related to general-purpose artificial intelligence. Around 4,000 amendments were tabled, on which compromises were reached.

After the vote, co-rapporteur Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy) said: “We are on the verge of putting in place historic legislation that must stand the test of time. It is essential to strengthen the confidence of our citizens in the development of AI, to define a European path in the face of the extraordinary changes that are already taking place, and to influence the political debate on AI at global level. We are convinced that our text strikes a balance between the protection of fundamental rights and the need to provide legal certainty for businesses and support innovation in Europe”.

The next step is the expected plenary vote on the draft mandate during the session from 12 to 15 June. Negotiations with the Council on the final form of the regulation can then begin.

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