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Last Updated: 17-07-2019 16:25
The EU has a competitive edge in world-leading industries such as manufacturing and robotics, producing more than a quarter of the world’s industrial and professional service robots. With the emergence of new digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), the EU must remain competitive in a transformative global market. Emerging digital technologies are increasingly gaining a foothold not only in consumer applications but also at commercial/industrial level, where it can bring new degrees of efficiency and productivity.
The Commission’s Communication on Artificial intelligence for Europe (adopted on 25 April 2018) shows how the EU is preparing an environment in which business and society can make the best use of AI. It refers to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC as the key piece of legislation on robots.
This initiative should be seen in the context of the fourth priority policy area under President Juncker’s ‘agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change’, i.e. a deeper and fairer internal market with a strengthened industrial base.