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European Parliament: The special ones


Special committees are the European Parliament’s “agile” lobbying tool—and they are becoming more important

Special committees might be the most important shapers of European policy most people have never heard of. 

It was the advice of a special committee that prompted the European Parliament to call for more investment to be poured into research on artificial intelligence last month. Members of the Special Committee on AI in a Digital Age had argued in a report published in March that the EU had “fallen behind in the global race for tech leadership”. To get back to leading the world on AI, the MEPs suggested, more funding was needed for research. They added that EU regulation should be proportionate to the level of risk posed by different types of AI.

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