EESC Plenary approves Catelijne Muller’s opinion on the AI Act

With an overwhelming majority of 225 in favour, 3 against and 6 abstentions, Catelijne Muller’s opinion on the AI Act for the European Economic and Social Committee was approved today. 

EU’s civil society has a number of strong messages for EU lawmakers:

  • Focus of the AIAct on health, safety and fundamental rights is welcomed
  • The AI Act should duly reflect on and clarify its relations to existing and upcoming regulation
  • Include element of ‘automation’ in definition and delete ANNEX 1 (AI-techniques)
  • Broaden the ban on social scoring to private actors
  • Ban AI-driven biometric recognition by public and private actors (in line with EDPS – European Data Protection Supervisor and EDPR)
  • Avoid normalising/mainstreaming high-risk AI
  • Include all requirements of the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI
  • Arrange for certain decisions to remain the ultimate prerogative of humans (human-in-command)
  • Demand third party conformity assessments for all high-risk AI
  • Include a complaints and redress mechanism
  • Include ‘legacy AI-systems’ and AI used in European large scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice

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