Developments

The proposal of the EU AI Act will become law once both the Council (representing the 27 EU Member States) and the European Parliament agree on a common version of the text. We provide some of the key updates on the AI Act on this page. If you want a more detailed overview of where the AI Act is, you may also want to subscribe to the EU AI Act Newsletter, a biweekly newsletter by the Future of Life Institute. 

  • 1 June – Deadline for each political group of the European Parliament to submit amendments to the AI Act. Thousands of amendments were submitted in total and briefly summarised here.
  • 13 May – The French Presidency of the Council published the text on Article 4a proposing to regulate general purpose AI systems, which are AI systems capable of doing a wide range of tasks, such as aim to understand images and speech, generate audio and videos, detect patterns, answer questions and translate text.
  • 20 April Brando Benifei and Dragoș Tudorache, Members of the European Parliament leading on the AI Act in the IMCO and LIBE committees, published their draft report.
  • 2 March – The Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) at the European Parliament published their amendments on the AI Act. The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) at the European Parliament published their draft opinion on the AI Act one day later.
  • 3 February – The French Presidency of the Council circulated a compromise text of Articles 16-29 of the proposed AI Act, covering the obligations of users and providers of high-risk systems. Later, the French Presidency has circulated another compromise text of Articles 40-52, which concern harmonised standards, conformity assessments and transparency obligations for certain AI systems
  • 2 February – The European Commission presented a new Standardisation Strategy outlining their approach to standards within the Single Market as well as globally. Standards are the foundation of the EU Single Market and global competitiveness.
  • 25 January – The lead committees of the European Parliament, the Internal Market and Civil Liberties committees, had their first joint exchange of views on the AI Act proposal.
  • 1 December – The European Parliament’s internal market and civil liberties committees will jointly lead negotiations on the AI Act with Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy) being the lead negotiator together with Dragoş Tudorache (Renew, Romania) from the civil liberties committee. 
  • 29 November – The rotating presidency of the EU Council shared a first compromise text on the AI Act draft with major changes in the areas of social scoring, biometric recognition systems, and high-risk applications.
  • 6 August 2021 – A study analysing the use of biometric techniques from an ethical and legal perspective commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs was published. 
  • 6 August 2021 – the public consultation period on the AI Act by the European Commission ended. The Commission received 304 submissions which can be read here.
  • 20 July 2021 – Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised a virtual conference on the regulation of artificial intelligence, ethics and fundamental rights. 
  • 21 April 2021 – the Commission published a proposal to regulate artificial intelligence in the European Union.