22 Feb
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European Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence (European Council)

The European Council adopted last 18 Febreary conclusions on the Coordinated Plan on the development and use of Artificial Intelligence Made in Europe.

With its conclusions, the Council underlines the crucial importance of fostering the development and use of artificial intelligence in Europe by increasing investment, reinforcing excellence in artificial intelligence technologies and applications, and strengthening research and innovation collaboration between industry and academia in this field .

These are some of the main facts of the Council conclusions:

– It is remarkable the Commission’s communication on the Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence of 7 December 2018 and its annex entitled “Coordinated Plan on the Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence Made in Europe – 2018” prepared by the Member States, Norway, Switzerland and the Commission in the context of the work of the Member States’ Group on Digitising European Industry and Artificial Intelligence;

– We support the efforts of this Group in coordinating Member States’ actions in the different policy areas; call for stronger development, deployment and uptake of Artificial Intelligence applications in all economic sectors, with the aim of making Europe a global leader in Artificial Intelligence.

– It underlines the crucial importance of fostering the development and use of Artificial Intelligence in Europe by increasing investment in that area, reinforcing excellence in Artificial Intelligence technologies and applications, and strengthening research and innovation collaboration between industry and academia on Artificial Intelligence, in order to transfer quickly and efficiently new results and insights from research on Artificial Intelligence to industry and finally to markets, the public sector and consumers.

– We welcomes the Commission’s plan to create strong synergies between its Artificial Intelligence strategy and the Union’s Space programme as both activities will mutually reinforce each other for the benefit of EU citizens and many industrial sectors; it recognizes in particular that the exploitation through new Artificial Intelligence algorithms of the wealth of Earth Observation data collected by Copernicus will support several sectors of the economy with the creation of new, innovative products and services as well as critical applications to monitor and fight climate change.

– We strongly encourages start-ups, scale-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and innovative companies to contribute to and benefit from the development and broadest uptake of Artificial Intelligence in the economy.

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