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Date: 26/06/2018 (13.30-15.30)

AI is at the centre of a new technological revolution. AI drives the digitisation of our economies and societies, and is expected to bring about a major boost in productivity, economic gains and societal progress.

Most importantly, AI provides a significant contribution to addressing grand challenges such as climate change, or reducing the number of fatalities on the roads, improving precision farming, personalised medicine, or anticipating cyberattacks.

Whilst AI clearly generates new opportunities, given its disruptive nature, it is also clear that it poses certain risks and ethical challenges, for example in the areas of safety and liability, security and bias.

To remain at the forefront of AI deployment it is essential for Europe to address both the challenges and opportunities brought by AI. This is why a comprehensive EU AI Strategy was published recently. Through its coordinated approach Europe will pull its forces together to ensure sustainable and wide uptake of AI to the benefit of the EU citizens.

Background AI COM:

The EU strategy on AI was published on 25 April 2018, in the Communication on Artificial Intelligence for Europe.

The new EU strategy has three dimensions: (1) boosting the EU’s technological and industrial capacity and AI uptake across the economy, (2) preparing for socio-economic changes brought about by AI, and (3) ensuring an appropriate ethical and legal framework.

To support the European public and private sectors in seizing the new opportunities, the AI strategy contains an ambitious proposal for increased investment in AI research and innovation.

To prepare for and adapt to the transformation of the labour markets, through the provisions of the AI strategy the Commission will work on nurturing talent while leaving no one behind.

The new strategy envisages to ensure that the EU legal framework is fit for the purpose and AI is developed in line with the Union’s values and fundamental rights. To this end the Commission is bringing together all relevant stakeholders in an AI Alliance. It will engage broadly with academia, industry and civil society to discuss the future of AI and prepare guidelines for ethical development and use of AI based on the EU’s fundamental values.

Links and Documents


  • Peter KOUROUMBASHEV (European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Bulgaria), Speaker
  • Katerina PASTRA (Cognitive Systems Research Institute, Greece), Speaker
  • Mikael HEDELIND (VINNOVA, Industrial Technologies, Sweden), Speaker
  • Alexander EFREMOV (Co-founder at A4E & Faculty of Automatics, Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics, English Language Faculty of Engineering, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria), Speaker
  • Joanna BRYSON (University of Bath, Computer Science, United Kingdom), Speaker
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