EU member states ‘endorse political agreement’ to advance AI Act

The approval on Feb. 2 came as France and Germany withdrew their objections to the AI Act.

The European Union has advanced its regulatory framework for artificial intelligence (AI), with member states voting to approve the final text of the EU’s AI Act.

Commissioner for Internal Market of the EU Thierry Breton confirmed the “endorsement of the political agreement reached in December” 2023 by all 27 member states. In a post on social media platform X, he said the AI Act is historical and a world first.

The AI Act is a risk-based strategy for regulating AI applications. The agreement covers the governmental use of AI in biometric surveillance, how to regulate AI systems like ChatGPT, and the transparency rules to follow before market entry.

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