On Tuesday, Legal Affairs Committee rapporteurs held a press conference in Strasbourg to present their upcoming reports on Artificial Intelligence.

Axel Voss (EPP, DE), rapporteur for the legislative report on Civil liability regime for artificial intelligence said that “The aim of this report is to propose a working mechanism that covers the entire spectrum of risks as well as potential harms caused by the use of AI in its various applications.

The success of European companies in developing excellent AI products and services largely depends on whether our consumers are confident in using them. Trust and confidence go hand in hand with a rock-solid liability legislative system combined with appropriate financial coverage. If we want to make AI European, we must readjust the existing civil liability framework”, stressed the rapporteur.

Ibán García del Blanco (S&D, ES), rapporteur for the legislative report on Framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies said: “Like any new technology, it is clear that AI carries risks, but it also brings opportunities - and with this report we intend to highlight them in order to ensure that our societies end up being fairer, and socially and environmentally more sustainable.

Our goal is to establish a framework that guarantees the safeguarding of the public interest and promotes the trust of European citizens. We want to lay down a framework of legal certainty that adds value to our economic players in the market and makes European AI safe and trustworthy enough to be used and preferred by citizens in Europe and around the world” he added.

Stéphane Séjourné (Renew Europe, FR), rapporteur for the own-initiative report on Intellectual property rights for the development of artificial intelligence technologies, said that: “Artificial intelligence has emerged as a general-purpose technology with a variety of applications. Its use is going to have significant implications notably on creation, production and distribution of economic and cultural goods and services.

As regards to intellectual property law, the European framework must be conducive to creation, in particular by optimising the use of available data, while guaranteeing a high level of protection for creators”.

The first exchange of views on the three reports will be held at the next committee meeting on 18 February.

If you missed the press conference, you can watch it again here.