7 December 2023, Brussels Belgium – Co-legislators have just announced a provisional political agreement on the EU Artificial Intelligence Act.
Whilst DOT Europe welcomes the progress made by policymakers on this important file, as industry, we are disappointed by the significant departure from the original risk-based nature of the framework.
Contrary to this nature which strived for a much-needed balance between addressing potential risks of certain use-cases and allowing Europeans to profit from the wide range of benefits that AI can bring, the provisional agreement presents a significant departure from this approach.
“This approach taken runs counter to the risk-based. nature of the AI Act, fails to consider the specificities of the technology and lacks a clear understanding on where one technology ends and the other begins.” says Siada El Ramly, Director General, DOT Europe
As work continues in the upcoming months towards finalising the text, we urge policymakers to recall the overall risk-based nature of the framework and strive towards ensuring a just balance. With this agreement, the technical details and language remain as important as ever and will make or break the framework.
We recognise that political pressure to complete the file remains high and that the framework provides for important objectives, however, such pressure should not result in policymakers neglecting important technical discussions for the sake of speed.
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