New Artificial Intelligence Regulation proposal by the EU

EU Artificial Intelligence Regulation
EU Artificial Intelligence Regulation

On April 21, 2021, the European Commission passed a proposal for regulating “artificial intelligence systems” (AI systems), which is described as “the first AI legal framework ever.” The new AI rules will affect all EU member states including Greece. The AI ​​Regulations will impose significant obligations on companies that affect the entire economic sector (if not all).

The increasing use of artificially intelligent technologies (AI) affects the number of fields, including but not limited to healthcare, education, finance, employment, competition, industrial application, IP etc. The impact of AI’s application constantly raises questions of law on subject matters like legal responsibility, intellectual property and compliance. These need to be addressed promptly, as AI is already being used in many sectors.

AI regulations will cause controversy, triggering legislative struggles that will last until at least 2022. The proposed AI regulations will work with other ambitious EU initiatives in the digital field that are currently in effect, such as the Data Governance Act, the Digital Services Act, and the Digital Market Act. Through the EU legislative process, the forthcoming “Data Act” and the ongoing EU antitrust policy reform. Certain provisions in the AI ​​Regulations have been read through with related provisions in other measures – for example, the practices prohibited for all AI systems are related to the Digital Services Act measures to combat harmful content on the Internet.

AI regulations broadly define “AI systems” and impose tailor-made obligations on participants, from the “providers” of AI systems to manufacturers, importers, distributors and users. The “AI Regulations” impose particularly strict obligations on “high-risk AI systems”. On the other hand, the “AI Regulations” include many regulations aimed at promoting the development and adoption of AI systems in the European Union (EU). AI regulations also create a new regulatory framework, supervised and coordinated by the European Commission for Artificial Intelligence. The AI ​​Regulation envisages application within two years after the final regulation is passed and issued, which means that the new requirements can be applied as early as 2024.

The New Rules for Artificial Intelligence

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