Contemplating the future of the EU Artificial Intelligence Act

18/04/2024 | IAPP

Laura Caroli, a senior policy advisor to MEP Brando Benifei, who led negotiations on the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act), has written an op-ed for the IAPP about the challenges of regulating the multifaceted AI industry. While the AI Act has yet to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, it has already raised concerns about possible problems that may emerge during its implementation. Caroli writes that the European Commission chose the product safety framework as the basis for the legislative framework, making it part of the harmonisation legislation regulating products in the single market. This makes the AI Act a rather hybrid form of legislation that has its own merits and constitutes a novel approach at the intersection between technical product safety legislation and legislation intended to protect fundamental rights. While the effectiveness of the pioneer law is yet to be determined, Caroli suggests that if it fails, it will likely be for other reasons than the current ones under debate.

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