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European Commission unveiled its strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence

04.03.2020

The European Commission presented its ideas and actions for digital transformation that works for all member states and reflects the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident. The Commission also wishes to transform Europe as a trusted digital leader and a leader in Artificial Intelligence. The main focus is on three key objectives:

  • Technology that works for people.
  • Fresh opportunities for businesses by a fair and competitive economy; and
  • An open and democratic society with a vibrant and sustainable economy.

The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “Today we are presenting our ambition to shape Europe’s digital future. It covers everything from cybersecurity to critical infrastructures, digital education to skills, democracy to media. I want that digital Europe reflects the best of Europe – open, fair, diverse, democratic, and confident.”

Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, said: “We want every citizen, every employee, every business to stand a fair chance to reap the benefits of digitalisation. Whether that means driving more safely or polluting less thanks to connected cars; or even saving lives with AI-driven medical imagery that allows doctors to detect diseases earlier than ever before.”

The strategy and policy options to safeguard the human-centric development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are introduced, which are the first steps on the road to achieving the goals.

The European Commission presented its White Paper that foresees a framework for trustworthy Artificial intelligence based on Excellence and trust. The next steps by the Commission is to present a Digital Services Act and a European Democracy Action Plan, propose a review of the eIDAS Regulation, and strengthen cybersecurity by developing a Joint Cyber Unit later this year. The Commission also emphasised that Europe will continue to build alliances with global partners, leveraging its regulatory power, diplomatic relations and finance to promote the European digitalisation model.

The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence is now open for public consultation until 31 May 2020. The Commission is also gathering feedback on its data strategy and the input received will be used to take further action to support the development of trustworthy AI and data economy.

For full press release, see here.

Photo: © copyrights European Commission 2019

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