MEPs tweak EU AI Act high-risk classification provisions

25/10/2023 | EURACTIV

EU lawmakers working to finalise the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) have circulated a new version of the provisions regarding the classification of high-risk AI systems, maintaining the filter-based approach despite a contrary opinion from the EU Parliament's legal office. The new text was discussed at a meeting with the representatives of the other political groups on Monday, 23 October, ahead of a negotiating session with the EU Council and Commission the following day. The exemption criteria have been tweaked, with additional examples introduced in the text's preamble to explain their application better.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, Dragoș Tudorache, MEP and co-rapporteur of the parliamentary committee steering through the AI Act, said that the technology has a profound impact on everything people do, and it is time to bring in safeguards and guardrails on how this technology will evolve for the benefit of citizens. Tudorache is optimistic about AI and hopes to get a final text agreed by Wednesday, which would then be formally adopted by parliament and become law early next year. The handful of subjects that have not yet been agreed were all “intrinsically linked”, so there would be no opportunity for simple trading of text between the political interests. Compromise will be needed from all parties. 

Separately, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiórowski published his final recommendations and Opinion on the AI Act. Wiewiórowski said, "It is my duty to ensure that the tasks and duties of the EDPS, as the future AI Supervisor of the EUIs, are clearly spelled out so that we can guarantee that the AI systems used and developed by EUIs are safe and sound. I also reiterate my call for the prohibition of AI systems posing unacceptable risks to individuals."

UPDATE: 251023 - As the trilogue negotiations for the AI Act enters their final stages EU Institutions have reportedly made progress, according to EURACTIV. In the latest round of negotiations held on October 24th, policymakers agreed on provisions for the classification of rules on high-risk AI applications. However, lawmakers must still agree an approach on foundation models and law enforcement use. The next trilogue is set to begin on December 6th.

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