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Parliamentary questions
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19 May 2015
Question for written answer E-007963-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ivan Jakovčić (ALDE)

 Subject:  Artificial intelligence
 Answer in writing 

The benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) are enormous, and it is supported by considerable investments in the EU. The following policy gaps have been identified in this field: funding support, tax systems, immigration policy, employment regulation, university-industry interaction, mentorships and international patents.

Changes in the socioeconomic structure will have much more rapid consequences than prior industrial revolutions. It is therefore indispensable to adopt a structured approach with regard to the labour market and the education system.

What stage have the EU and its Member States reached as regards bridging the gap in AI‐related policies in respect of the abovementioned issues and of public procurement of innovation, and as regards reforming immigration policy in connection with the mobility of non-EU entrepreneurs/researchers?

In view of the rapid pace of technological change today and the fact that it will put human resources out of jobs (for example, self-driving cars could quickly put millions of truck drivers out of work), what adaptation strategy is envisaged to deal with the changes that the continuous development and deployment of AI will bring about in the labour market?

Is this change of labour-market scenario being taken into consideration in Member States’ education plans and programmes in terms of career paths, and how is the Commission tackling this?

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