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EU: European Parliament adopts AI Act

On March 13, 2024, the European Parliament, in its plenary session, voted to adopt the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council Laying Down Harmonised Rules on Artificial Intelligence (the AI Act). This follows the signing of the AI Act by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) on February 2, 2024, and the endorsement by the Internal Market (IMCO) and Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committees on February 13, 2024.

Next steps

The Parliament confirmed that the AI Act is still subject to a final lawyer-linguist check and is expected to be finally adopted before the end of the legislature (through the so-called corrigendum procedure). The AI Act also needs to be formally endorsed by the Council of the European Union. The AI Act will be fully applicable 24 months after entry into force, except for:

  • bans on prohibited practices, which will apply six months after the entry into force;
  • codes of practice, which will apply nine months after the entry into force;
  • general-purpose AI rules including governance which will apply 12 months after the entry into force; and
  • obligations for high-risk systems which will apply 36 months after the entry into force.

You can read the press release here and the AI Act text here.