The European Parliament's Artificial Intelligence Act co-rapporteur, Brando Benifei, has called on the European Commission to find a compromise on key issues to reach an agreement by the end of the year. The draft rules aim to establish a global standard for the use of AI in almost every industry and business. However, despite lawmakers pushing for a ban on the use of AI in biometric surveillance, several EU countries, led by France, want exceptions for national security, defence, and military purposes. In addition, while a consensus of lawmakers want AI legislation to cover copyrighted material, a contingent claim that the EU's current copyright rules provide sufficient protection.
In an interview with Reuters, Benifei said EU countries needed to be more flexible, but he remains optimistic that an agreement could be found on a final text. "We need a more united Europe also on technology if we want to be competitive, this regulation is a 'stress test' to some extent," he said.
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