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Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence

The Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence aims to accelerate investment in AI, act on AI strategies and programmes and align AI policy to avoid fragmentation in Europe.

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The Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence (AI) reflects Europe’s commitment to creating global leadership in trustworthy AI. The plan’s latest update was published in 2021 and is closely aligned with the Commission’s digital and green priorities as well as Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coordinated Plan was initially published in 2018, as a joint commitment between the Commission, EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland to maximise Europe’s potential to compete globally. As a first step towards such commitment, the initial Plan defined actions and funding instruments for the uptake and development of AI across sectors. In parallel, Member States were encouraged to develop their own national strategies

The Coordinated Plan of 2021 aims to turn strategy into action by prompting to:

  • accelerate investments in AI technologies to drive resilient economic and social recovery aided by the uptake of new digital solutions
  • act on AI strategies and programmes by fully and timely implementing them to ensure that the EU fully benefits from first-mover adopter advantages
  • align AI policy to remove fragmentation and address global challenges

In order to achieve this, the updated plan sets four key sets of policy objectives, supported by concrete actions and indicating possible funding mechanism and the timeline to:

  1. set enabling conditions for AI development and uptake in the EU
  2. make the EU the place where excellence thrives from the lab to market
  3. ensure that AI technologies work for people
  4. build strategic leadership in high-impact sectors

Blue circle with text depicying the coordination plan for AI

 

Investment

The Commission proposed that the EU invests in AI at least €1 billion per year from the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe programmes. EU-level funding on AI should attract and pool investment to foster collaboration among Member States and maximise impact by joining forces.

The Recovery and Resilience Facility provides an unprecedented opportunity to modernise and invest in AI. Through this the EU can become a global leader in the development and uptake of human-centric, trustworthy, secure and sustainable AI technologies.

Background

Member States and the Commission have collaborated closely and met regularly to work on the main actions proposed in the 2018 Coordinated Plan. They progressed in all areas of the plan including by proposing a data strategy, supporting small and medium-sized enterprises and creating conditions for excellence in research and development and uptake of AI in Europe.

Overall, the first two years of implementation confirmed that joint actions and structured cooperation between Member States and the Commission are key to the EU’s global competitiveness and leadership in AI development and uptake. Most Member States have adopted national AI strategies and started to implement them. Investments in AI have increased, and the EU was able to mobilise critical resources to support these processes.

The Coordinated Plan of 2021 invites Member States to review and update national AI strategies as required. Some Member States have already updated their initial strategies.

The table below shows how 23 EU countries out of 27, as well as Norway and Switzerland, have progressed with their national strategies. The remaining national strategies are also expected to be published soon.

 

Country

Strategy Status

Date

Related documents

Austria                         

Published                    

August 2021

Annex to the Strategy

Belgium

In progress

TBC

Strategic Report

Bulgaria

Published

December 2020               

Digital Transformation Strategy

Croatia

In progress

TBC

 

Cyprus

Published

January 2020

Competitiveness Report

Czech Republic

Published

May 2019

 

Denmark

Published

March 2019

Digital Growth Strategy

Estonia

Published

July 2019

Taskforce Report

Finland

Published

October 2017

Interim Report

France

Published

March 2018

Strategy Update

Germany

Published

November 2018

Strategy Update

Data Strategy

Greece

In progress

TBC

Preliminary Strategy

Hungary

Published

September 2020

 

Ireland

Published

July 2021

Open Data Strategy

Italy

Published

September 2020

Strategy Update

Open Government Action Plan

Latvia

Published

February 2020

 

Lithuania

Published

March 2019

 

Luxembourg

Published

May 2019

 

Malta

Published

October 2019

Roadmap 2025

Ethical Framework

Netherlands

Published

October 2019

AiNed programme

Norway

Published

January 2020

Our New Digital World

Data as a Resourse

Poland

Published

December 2020

Open Data Guide

Portugal

Published

June 2019

Strategy for Advanced Computing

Romania

In progress

TBC

Draft National Strategy

Slovakia

Published

July 2019

Digital Transformation Action Plan

State R&D Programs

Slovenia

Published

May 2021

 

Spain

Published

December 2020

Digital Agenda

Digital Skills Plan

Sweden

Published

May 2018

 

Switzerland

Published

December 2019

Artificial Intelligence in Education

 

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