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EU Countries Give Crucial Nod to Artificial Intelligence Law

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The European Parliament was united in asking for hard rules for AI models.

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In December, EU policymakers reached a political agreement on the main sticking points of the AI Act, a flagship bill to regulate Artificial Intelligence based on its capacity to cause harm. The complexity of the law meant its technical refinement took more than one month.

On 24 January, the Belgian presidency of the Council of EU Ministers presented the final version of the text, leaked in an exclusive by Euractiv, at a technical meeting. Most member states maintained reservations at the time as they did not have enough time to analyse the text comprehensively.

These reservations were finally lifted with the adoption of the AI Act from the Committee of Permanent Representatives on Friday (2 February). However, the green light from EU ambassadors was not guaranteed since some European heavyweights resisted parts of the provisional deal until the very last days.

From Euiractiv
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