European Commission to Launch Selection Procedure for AI Office Head Following Approval of AI Act

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  • EU will select the AI Office head post AI Act approval in May; DG CONNECT will do interim oversight.
  • AI Act gains strong EU Parliament backing and awaits approval from 27 member states in May.
  • New rules categorize AI systems by risk; bans start in November; oversight by national authorities with AI Office support.

The European Commission is poised to initiate the selection process for the head of its AI Office once the AI Act receives full approval, which is anticipated in May. Until then, policy units A1 and A2 in DG CONNECT will temporarily oversee the AI Office’s tasks.

Establishment of the AI office

Last month, on February 21, the European Commission established the AI Office, with operational activities set to commence in the forthcoming months. The recruitment process for policy and technical roles within the office has already commenced, with applications accepted until March 27. According to the job advertisement, prospective employees can anticipate starting their roles tentatively in autumn.

The AI Office, an internal department within the commission, is tasked with supervising regulations for general-purpose AI systems. Additionally, it will serve as a central coordination body for AI policy at the EU level, facilitating collaboration among various commission departments, EU agencies, companies, and the 27 EU Member States.

The European Commission affirms that standard commission procedures will govern the selection of management positions within the AI Office. Notably, Dragos Tudorache from Romania and Lucilla Sioli, Director for AI and Digital Industry within the commission, are among the potential contenders for the head position.

Approval of the AI Act

The AI Act, a landmark legislation in artificial intelligence, secured approval in the European Parliament this month, with an overwhelming majority of 523 votes in favor, 46 against, and 49 abstentions. However, formal endorsement from the 27 EU governments is pending and scheduled for May.

Once in force, the AI Act will categorize AI systems into four main categories based on the level of risk they pose to society. Systems deemed high risk will be subject to stringent regulations before they enter the EU market. Furthermore, prohibitions outlined in the AI Act are set to take effect in November. The regulations governing general-purpose AI systems will come into force in May 2025, with obligations for high-risk systems following suit in three years.

National oversight and regulatory framework

Member states will play a pivotal role in overseeing high-risk AI systems supported by the AI Office. They are required to establish their national regulators within 12 months of the AI Act coming into effect.

As the European Union progresses towards formally adopting the AI Act, preparations are underway to establish the AI Office as a crucial entity in supervising AI regulations and policies. The appointment of its head, alongside recruiting staff, underscores the EU’s commitment to fostering responsible AI deployment and protecting societal interests. With the impending enactment of the AI Act, stakeholders are gearing up to navigate the evolving landscape of AI governance within the European Union.

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