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European countries give green light to rules on artificial intelligence

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European countries give green light to rules on artificial intelligence

Europe has taken another step forward towards the adoption of the Ai Act. The text was voted unanimously by the European Council, made up of representatives of the 27 EU member states. A choice that confirms the political agreement reached in December.

The Ai Act is a package of rules, proposed by the European Commission three years ago, which aim to establish a global standard for this technology. Which promises to have a profound impact on many sectors, from banking to automotive, from manufacturing to advanced services.

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The rules also establish parameters for the use of AI for military, criminal and security purposes. The EU Commissioner for Industry, Thierry Breton, declared that the AI ​​Act is a historic law, a parameter for all other countries: “Today the member states approved the political agreement reached in December, recognizing the perfect balance found by negotiators between innovation and security”, said the commissioner.

The French obstacle has been overcome, to protect the Mistral giant

The approval of the European Council was taken almost for granted after France abandoned its opposition to the AI ​​Act, obtaining what for Paris is a better balance between transparency obligations for companies that make AI and the right to maintain safe some trade secrets. Mistral is based in France, founded by former managers of Meta and Google, one of the best AI companies in the world, holder of very advanced projects in the field of generative Ai.

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Now, to be definitively approved, the Ai Act will have to pass the vote of some parliamentary commissions of EU legislators on 13 February and the vote of the European Parliament, expected after a month. Everything suggests that it will come into force before the summer and that it will apply from 2026. But some parts of the law may be applied before.

“It is essential to support the early application of the rules to combat disinformation and deepfakes, initially approximate due to the standards not yet fully adopted, but which will be fundamental, albeit in an imperfect form, to protect our democracies in the most important election year for the ‘Europe and for the world‘. He commented Brando BenifeiMEP of the Democratic Party and rapporteur of the AI ​​Act. With which, he explains, “we will be more confident in the use of new technologies in everyday life, at work as well as in the functioning of our institutions”.

Government satisfaction, Butti: “Historical moment, decisive contribution from Italy”

Satisfaction also on the part of the Italian government. “The unanimous approval of the Ai Act marks a historic moment for the European Union with the decisive contribution of Italy and the Meloni government”, stated the undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council with responsibility for technological innovation, Alessio Butti, “Ever since the European Union started discussing the AI ​​Act, Italy has understood the fundamental importance of a clear and robust regulatory framework for artificial intelligence,” he added.

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The AI ​​law will come into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal. The first crackdown on banned practices will come after six months, while obligations on AI models will begin after a year. All other rules will come into force after two years, except for the high-risk classification of AI systems.

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