Members of the European Parliament held a political meeting on Thursday (13 April) whereby they concluded the discussion on several essential aspects of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Regulation. However, differences over the prohibited uses of AI may result in the house remaining divided.
This legislation seeks to regulate AI with regard to its capability to cause harm, and MEPs are close to reaching a political agreement on it, with a key committee vote set for 26 April. Nevertheless, the plenary adoption is expected to be challenging.
The politically sensitive part discussed at the political gathering of all groups was the prohibited practices – applications deemed to represent an unacceptable risk. Most issues like high-risk categorisation, enforcement and governance have already been addressed and resolved.
While Annex III has been taken care of, there is still much work to be done on General Purpose AI, AI value chains, stand-alone articles, user obligations, and the regulation’s preamble. Consequently, the committee vote on 26 April could potentially be postponed.