The Third Way: How Europe can succeed against China and the US in the global race for AI Leadership

Dinner debate


Artificial intelligence (AI) can be a driver for productivity and economic growth in Europe. The new technology can also help addressing some of the most pressing societal challenges. 

However, there is a fair risk that Europe will lose its competitive edge with the United States and China in the global race for AI leadership. The European Commission has already adopted a “Communication on Artificial Intelligence for Europe” and established the AI High-Level Expert Group in order to join forces and enable real progress on AI in Europe. At the EIF dinner debate on AI we would to discuss especially three topics:

- How can private and public sector mobilize significant AI investment in Europe that enables us to compete with the US and China?

- What regulatory framework do we need in Europe to provide legal certainty for AI investments, to establish a fully functioning single market for AI products and services and to address the risks related to AI?

- And what kind of guidelines and safeguards do we need to put in place to ensure that AI development in Europe will respect European values and ethical standards?

programme - 19/02/2019

Welcome and introduction

Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair


Lucilla Sioli, Director, Dir A — Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CNECT, European Commission

Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy, CEPS

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

António Carlos Correia Fernandes, Vice-President Network Analytics & Big Data, Deutsche Telekom

Exchange of views with the participants

under the Chatham House rules

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