An agreement has been reached between France, Germany, and Italy on the joint regulation of artificial intelligence (AI), as shown in a document obtained by Reuters. This agreement is expected to speed up negotiations at the European level. The three governments are in favor of voluntary commitments for both smaller and larger AI companies within the European Union. Currently, discussions are underway at the European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of the European Union on how the alliance should be established.
In June, the European Parliament presented the “AI Act” with the aim of preventing AI application risks and avoiding discriminatory effects while also supporting AI innovation’s potential. The Parliament proposed a code of conduct that would initially apply only to large AI providers, mainly from the US. However, the three governments argue that giving a competitive advantage to smaller European companies could have negative effects, such as reducing trust and user numbers. They believe that this code must be binding on all with sanctions established over time.
The German Ministry of Economy is leading negotiations with the Ministry of Digital Affairs and believes that laws and state control should focus on AI application rather than AI itself. Governments worldwide are striving to harness AI’s economic benefits while considering its security concerns. Great Britain held its first meeting on this subject in November, while Germany will host a digital conference in Jena in March 2023, bringing together representatives from politics, business, and science.