EC and Member States agree on coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence "made in Europe"
On 7 December 2018, the European Commission (EC) presented a coordinated plan prepared with Member States to foster the development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Europe. The coordinated plan follows on the EC's strategy on AI adopted in April 2018.
The new plan proposes joint actions for closer and more efficient cooperation between Member States, Norway, Switzerland and the EC in four key areas: increasing investment, making more data available, fostering talent and ensuring trust. The goal is for Europe to become the world-leading region for developing and deploying cutting-edge, ethical and secure AI.
Member States and the EC have prioritised areas of public interest, such as healthcare, transport and mobility, security and energy. They agreed to:
- Maximise investments through partnerships (amongst others, the EC has proposed to invest at least €7 billion from Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe Programme in AI). Joint actions to achieve these investment objectives include: National AI strategies; a new European AI public-private research and innovation partnership; a new AI scale-up fund; developing and connecting world-leading centres for AI (amongst others, a European Innovation Council pilot initiative will also be launched to support next generation AI technologies).
- Create European data spaces (for example, the EC is planning to launch a support centre for data sharing, to give practical advice to all European participants in the data economy by mid-2019).
- Nurture talent, skills and life-long learning (e.g. through dedicated scholarships to address current shortages of ICT professionals and lack of AI-specialised higher education programmes).
- Develop ethical and trustworthy AI (e.g. by preparing ethics guidelines for the development and use of AI by March 2019).
Today's coordinated plan for “AI made in Europe” details actions to start in 2019 or 2020 and prepares the ground for activities in the following years. Coordination between the EC and Member States will continue and the plan will be reviewed and updated annually. The EC also provides a new AI knowledge service, AI Watch, which will help monitor the development of AI in Europe and the implementation of the coordinated plan.
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