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INCEPTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Revision of the Machinery Directive

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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.

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