Artificial intelligence as growth challenger for CEE

After bringing together 14 employer’s associations and artificial intelligence platforms from 9 CEE countries, and coordinating the signing of the joint position on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and submitting it into the public consultation, on the 26th of November 2020 the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic brought together representatives of the CEE countries during AI - Growth Challenger for CEE: an online event dedicated to further the discussions on the future of Artificial Intelligence in Central and Eastern Europe.

The objectives of the event were the following:

  • discuss about the benefits of AI and present the latest AI tools and resources available to small and medium enterprises as well as for startups;
  • share ideas and best practices on how to facilitate the development and adoption of AI technologies across CEE countries;
  • reflect on how the upcoming AI regulation could achieve an ecosystem of trust in AI and what impact might new safety and liability frameworks have on the AI development in the region.

Representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, BusinessEurope, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and CEE organisations known as the AI Challengers discussed topics ranging from Europe's opportunities in digital and AI and AI tools for SMBs, the latest insights into the upcoming EU AI regulation, to whether regulation can supplement the effect of EU investments in benefiting the AI ecosystem in CEE.

”I am glad that this year we have managed to join forces with our partners from the CEE countries on such an important topic as the future of AI development, financing and regulation in the EU. It is essential that our countries pay close attention to this issue, especially now that recovery plans are being prepared, which, together with well-adjusted regulation, can lead to the fulfillment of Europe's potential in AI. It is important that the voice of this region is being heard.” Milena Jabůrková, Vice-President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic.

The full agenda of the event can be found here.

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