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Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence released

12. Dec 2018

On 7 December 2018, the European Commission presented a coordinated plan prepared with Member States to foster the development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The coordinated action plan proposes a stronger coordination between the European Commission, the Member States and Norway and Switzerland to improve Europe’s global competitiveness in the development and deployment of cutting-edge, ethical and secure AI. Joint actions are foreseen in four key areas:

Increase of investments:

In line with the European Commission's AI Strategy published in April 2018, both public and private investments in AI research and innovation should be substantially increased. The Commission has i.a. proposed investments of at least €1 billion per year for 2021-2027 under Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe Programme. In particular, a new public-private partnership (PPP) for research and innovation in the field of AI should be established to maximise investments. A first step towards such a European Partnership Initiative is the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between euRobotics and the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) to strengthen their cooperation, signed on 4 December 2018. Further measures include the establishment and networking of AI centres of excellence and a planned EIC pilot initiative to promote next generation AI technologies.

Data availability:

Common "European data spaces" will be created to enable the availability and exchange of data in different sectors (e.g. health) and thus to optimise the development of AI technologies.

Talent promotion and digital skills:

The availability of talent and digital skills is crucial for the development and use of AI. Together with the European countries, the Commission therefore intends i.a. to support advanced degrees in AI by means of special scholarships.

Ethical and trustworthy AI:

The consideration of ethical issues plays an essential role in the European approach towards AI. Among other measures, the publication of ethics guidelines on AI is planned to be published in spring 2019. These guidelines will be developed within the framework of a high-level European expert group.