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[EVENT POSTPONED] AI in the EU – Is bottom-up the key?


[EVENT POSTPONED] AI in the EU – Is bottom-up the key?

Following the recent developments of COVID-19 and the current recommendations from the Belgian Authorities, this EURACTIV event has been postponed until further notice.

As global tech firms further develop their technology industries’ presence in the EU, policymakers are contemplating policy initiatives that support the EU’s digital development, whilst simultaneously seeking to protect it.

In February, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen commented that Europe's digital transition must “protect and empower citizens, businesses and society as a whole. To make this happen, Europe needs to have its own digital capacities – be it quantum computing, 5G, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence (AI).” She wants Europe to lead the way. “Europe already has the strongest rules in the world ….. We successfully shaped other industries – from cars to food – and we will now apply the same logic and standards in the new data-agile economy.” She concluded that Europe must have the capability to make its own choices, based on its own values, respecting its own rules. “This is what will help make tech optimists of us all.”

She has specifically praised Europe’s efforts in the field of AI thus far, saying that such technologies can be of vital use in a number of sectors including healthcare, agriculture and energy, and can also help Europe meet sustainable goals.

But the Commission announced on February 19th, as part of the executive’s White Paper on AI, that AI technologies carrying a high-risk of abuse that could potentially lead to an erosion of fundamental rights, will be subjected to a series of new requirements.

This high-level Stakeholder Forum will discuss the best approach for introducing AI technologies into Europe. Questions will include:

- Will EU data protection standards be compromised if Europeans do not ‘control’ their own data?
- Is AI a challenge or an opportunity for the European Way of Life?
- If Europe’s 4th Industrial Revolution is driven by AI and 5G technology, can the EU afford to ignore the best technologies available, regardless of where they come from?
- How can technology policy and economic freedom as well as international competitiveness be best ensured?
- Is an open AI ecosystem compatible with Europe’s Digital Sovereignty?

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EURACTIV Network Office
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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12:00 – 12:30 Registration
12:30 – 12:40 Keynote speeches
12:40 – 13:10 Opening statements
13:10 – 14:00 Discussion and Q&A
14:00 – 15:00 Networking lunch


Teresa Dominguez
+32 (0) 2 788 36 93