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MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules for robots and AI

RobohonEU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, say MEPs in a resolution.

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MEPs ask the EU Commission to propose rules on robotics and artificial intelligence, in order to fully exploit their economic potential and to guarantee a standard level of safety and security.

They note that regulatory standards for robots are being planned in several countries, and point out that the EU needs to take the lead on setting these standards, so as not to be forced to follow those set by third countries.

Rapporteur Mady Delvaux (S&D, LU) said “Although I am pleased that the plenary adopted my report on robotics, I am also disappointed that the right-wing coalition of ALDE, EPP and ECR refused to take account of possible negative consequences on the job market.

“They rejected an open-minded and forward-looking debate and thus disregarded the concerns of our citizens.”

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