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Today, the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will hold a public discussion on a European Union initiative to increase Europe’s role in the development of reliable artificial intelligence. The sitting will begin at 2.30 p.m.

Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee Liisa Pakosta said that the Committee planned to discuss how to support Europe’s competitiveness in the field of artificial intelligence, and how to give Estonian small enterprises and start-ups that develop artificial intelligence the opportunity to use EU supercomputers to train their artificial intelligence models.

“We will speak about one possibility of how we can climb out of the hole together and become stronger. The European Union is taking backwardness of economy seriously and one way to overcome this is to support businesses in using supercomputers. Figuratively speaking, Europe is putting money into super-powerful computers, but regulating their use so that start-ups and small enterprises would also have the capacity to use super-power to make their business succeed. During the debate, we will also address the foundations for establishing innovative artificial intelligence factories,” Pakosta said. She added that the public discussion could also be used as teaching material, as the Committee would demonstrate in greater detail how the Riigikogu worked with EU draft legislation.

Deputy Secretary General on Planning and Administrative Matters Henry Kattago, Head of Research Infrastructures Aile Tamm and Adviser for EU Research Affairs Piret Sütt from the Ministry of Education and Research, and Head of High Performance Computing Center of the University of Tartu Ivar Koppel will give an overview of the initiative. Deputy Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia Jane Õispuu as well as the students of European studies and law of the University of Tartu have also been invited to attend the sitting.

The off-site sitting of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu at the University of Tartu will begin at 11.45 a.m., and the first item on the agenda is hearing the opinions of the young people on the impact of the EU fundamental rights strategies on Estonia. The strategies for people with disabilities, LGBTIQ and gender equality will be discussed. Students of the School of Law of the University of Tartu and Deputy Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia Jane Õispuu have been invited to attend the discussion.

“We consider it very important to hear the opinions of the young people, especially on the issues relating to fundamental rights,” Pakosta emphasised. She pointed out that this was the first time that the EU affairs committee was listening to the opinions of young people, and the debate was also very important because the European Union Affairs Committee had not yet held an in-depth discussion on the development plans for people with disabilities, LGBTIQ and gender equality.

Members of the press, There is an opportunity for interviews at the School of Law of the University of Tartu (Näituse 13a) after the discussion of the first item on the agenda, at around 1.30 p.m., and after the end of the sitting, at around 4 p.m. Please let us know if you wish to attend the sitting.

The public sitting starts at 2.30 p.m. and can be followed online on the Riigikogu web page. Video recording will be available to watch later on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact: Liisa Pakosta, phone +372 502 6191

Riigikogu Press Service
Merilin Kruuse
+372 631 6592; +372 510 6179
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