Developments

The EU AI Act was proposed by the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, on 21 April 2021. The proposal 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.

  • 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 is published. 
  • 6 August 2021 – the public consultation period on the AI Act by the European Commission ends. The Commission received 304 submissions which can be read here.
  • 20 July 2021 – Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organises a virtual conference on the regulation of artificial intelligence, ethics and fundamental rights. 
  • 21 April 2021 – the Commission publishes a proposal to regulate artificial intelligence in the European Union.

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