According to a Euractiv report, the incoming Czech Presidency of the EU Council shared a discussion paper with other EU governments that indicates the next steps for the EU AI Act are:
- updated compromise text by 20 July 2022;
- member states to provide written comments by 2 September 2022;
- with a focus in upcoming debates on:
- the definition of 'AI System';
- which AI Systems are 'high-risk';
- AI-system governance and national security.
The above may not appear of great interest. Further amendments to the AI Act were always expected and are still expected. We have written about the proposed amendments by various EU Parliamentary Committees: Internal Market and Civil Liberties; Industry Research and Energy; Legal Affairs; Culture and Education; Regions. The AI Act only recently celebrated its first birthday. By way of comparison, the GDPR took nearly 7 years to come into force. There will be more debates and changes to the Act in the years ahead.
What is of note is that this signals that yet another member state which takes on the role of Presidency of the EU Council is pushing ahead with the AI Act and is trying to find areas of compromise (France and Portugal being others). So whilst the content of the AI Act will change, the direction of travel is clear; it is a case of when, not if, the AI Act becomes law; and it is for the detail to be debated but the overall approach and framework will remain.
The upcoming Czech Presidency shared a discussion paper with the other EU governments to gather their views on AI definition, high-risk systems, governance and national security.