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The European Union is about to agree on the regulation of artificial intelligence. Today at 9 a.m., the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will hold a public discussion on this initiative, which will probably have a major impact. At the public sitting of the Committee, reports will be heard and there will be a debate on the challenges, impacts and opportunities in the legal space of Estonia that are related to artificial intelligence.

Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee Liisa Pakosta pointed out that so far it had not been the practice to discuss EU initiatives at public sittings, so it was a unique opportunity to follow the sitting both at the Riigikogu and online. She noted that the discussion was motivated by the EU regulation on artificial intelligence, which was planned to be adopted in a few months.

“It would be the first regulation of this scope in the world,” Pakosta said. According to her, the Committee wishes to get information on the current state of negotiations in the European Union and on how successful Estonia has been in defending its positions. “We also want to know what will be the impacts, opportunities and risks relating to the artificial intelligence regulation for the Estonian people and economy if the regulation were to be adopted in its current form,” Pakosta added.

Head of the European Commission Representation in Estonia Vivian Loonela and Government Chief Data Officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications Ott Velsberg will outline the contents and the situation of the EU draft regulation on artificial intelligence. Member of the Riigikogu and IT entrepreneur Andrei Korobeinik, co-founder of Pactum AI Kristjan Korjus, founder of Threod Systems Mikk Murumäe and founder of Net Group Priit Kongo will also deliver reports.

The reports will be followed by a debate with experts and members of the Riigikogu. For the first time, it will be possible to send questions to members of the European Union Affairs Committee and the speakers through the Slido platform before and during the sitting.

Discussion on artificial intelligence is the second item on the agenda of the Committee sitting. At the beginning of the sitting, the European Union Affairs Committee will be given an overview of Estonia’s positions at the informal meeting of the Competitiveness Council of the European Union on 6–7 November.

The public sitting starts at 9 a.m. and it streamed live on the Riigikogu website and on Facebook. Video recording will be available to watch later on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.

Members of the press are welcome to cover the event. The sitting will be held in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu and last around two hours. After the sitting, it will be possible to interview the experts and the members of the European Union Affairs Committee.

Riigikogu Press Service
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