EU countries greenlight landmark new AI laws

The European Union's 27 member states on Friday approved landmark rules on regulating artificial intelligence, passing a key last hurdle after tough negotiations to the very end.

Brussels first proposed an AI law back in 2021 but spent most of last year racing to greenlight the draft text after chatbot ChatGPT exploded onto the scene.

EU states and lawmakers had agreed on a set of draft rules in December, billed as the world's first comprehensive laws to regulate AI, and their approval after that should have been a formality.

But some countries, including France and Germany, flagged concerns that raised fears the AI law would fail in the final stretch -- leading to a new round of talks on its contents.

EU ambassadors finally signed off on the text during a meeting Friday in Brussels, after French and German concerns were soothed.

"We are very happy to announce that ... ambassadors just unanimously confirmed the final compromise text found on the proposal on harmonised rules on artificial intelligence," Belgium, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, said.


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