23 September 2020

Regulating the future: EU’s take on Artificial Intelligence. What’s in it for markets, consumers and citizens?


Artificial Intelligence is developing fast. In April, the European Commission adopted a strategy Artificial Intelligence for Europe. Two months later, it published the White Paper on A European approach to excellence and trust. Simultaneously, the European Parliament has taken an initiative and established a Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) in June. By that time, the member states, businesses and society have taken part in the first public consultations. It seems the EU is done with preparing the ground and is ready for the next stage.

Our distinguished guests

From the European Commission

Anthony Whelan, cabinet member (private office) of European Commission President von der Leyen; Contact point for the Executive Vice-President for Europe Fit for the Digital Age

From the European Parliament, Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age

MEP Dragoş Tudorache (Renew), member of EP Cttees AIDA and LIBE

MEP Adam Bielan (ECR), member of EP Cttees AIDA and IMCO

MEP Edina Toth (EPP), member of EP Cttees AIDA and ENVI

From academia

Aleksandra Przegalińska, PhD, Associate Researcher at American Institute for Economic Research, Consultant for the Poland’s Ministry of Digitalization in the public consultation on the EC White Paper

Moderated by

Dave Keating

Main focus areas

  • What are the first conclusions from the public consultation on the AI White Paper? How can an average company benefit from the European AI policy?
  • How to reconcile the trustworthy AI and minimizing burdens for business and technology development?
  • Regulations are not enough: how to improve digital/AI skills of young people and employees to avoid a “technology trap”?

Anthony Whelan
Anthony Whelan currently works as digital policy adviser in the cabinet (private office) of European Commission President von der Leyen

He was previously the Director for Electronic Communications Networks & Services at the European Commission since 2013, designing and negotiating EU initiatives on topics such as net neutrality, roaming reform, the revision of the telecoms regulatory framework, and the financing of advanced broadband networks.

A barrister, he has lectured and researched in public law at Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Justice and in the Legal Service of the European Commission. Between 2008 and 2013, he was head of the cabinet of EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes in the competition and digital agenda portfolios.

MEP Adam Bielan
MEP Adam Bielan was born on 12th September 1974 in Gdańsk.

A political scientist by education, he was previously member of the European Parliament for two terms between 2004 and 2014, and served as its Vice-president for two years, between 2007 and 2009. He was co-founder of the political group “European Conservatives and Reformists” and deputy chairman of the group. Adam Bielan is also the initiator of “Koło Polskie”, an association gathering all Polish MEPs.

From 2015 to 2019, Mr Bielan assumed the post of Deputy President of the Senate where he served on the Foreign and EU Affairs Committee and the National Defence Committee.

He is the ECR coordinator of the new AIDA committee and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Since his beginnings as a Member of Parliament, he has also been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

MEP Dragoş Tudorache

MEP Drags Tudorache, Renew Europe, is a member of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age, a member of the LIBE committee, and a member of the delegation with the United States. He is co-head of the Romanian delegation in Renew Europe and Executive President of the PLUS party.

Previously, he served as the Head of the Chancellery, Minister of Communications, and Minister of Interior in the Cioloș Government in Romania. He has over 10 years experience in leadership positions in the European Commission.

MEP Edina Tóth
Edina Tóth was born in Hungary in 1975. Edina graduated in the Faculty of History and English at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 1998, at Századvég School of Politics in 1999 and in European Studies at Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 2000.

Edina Tóth started her political activities by becoming Vice-President of Fidelitas, the youth organisation of Fidesz in 1996. She was committed to support the work of the European Peoples Party (EPP) and was elected as a Vice-President of its student organization (EDS) in 1999.

As to her professional career, Edina Tóth was working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MEP József Szájer in Hungary. She joined the EPP Group as an advisor in 2004 and worked for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee until 2019. She became Member of the European Parliament in 2019, and was elected as a full member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, and substitute member of both the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee.

With regard to her interest in the field of AI, she has become the only Hungarian member of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age.

Aleksandra Przegalińska-Skierkowska, PhD

Associate Professor at Kozminski Uni. Former MIT Research Fellow and future Harvard Senior Research Fellow. Phd in Artificial intelligence, interested in new technologies, sustainable technological growth and media studies as well as critical theory and system/organization theory. Currently researching wearable tech.

Dave Keating

Dave Keating is the Brussels correspondent for France 24. He is an American journalist who has been covering EU politics for 14 years, previously as editor of, a side publication of The Economist. Before arriving in Brussels, Dave covered the boardrooms of London, the halls of the US Congress in Washington, the cafes of Paris, the courtrooms of Chicago and the streets of New York City. Dave has a bachelors degree in European History from New York University and a masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.


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