ATHENS - Charting a path for Europe in the global artificial intelligence (AI) landscape is not an easy task. Recently, Axel Voss, Member of the European Parliament (EP) and the European People’s Party coordinator of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), presented his draft report ‘Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age’ to the EP special committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, stating that:
“Europe is lacking market power, investments, and research capacities and is running miles behind the US and China. Where the EU still has a key advantage is in the standard setting. We still have the chance to promote a human-centered approach to AI, which is based on our core ethical and democratic European values, if we move quickly. This is the vision we need to promote on the global stage.” 
The recently published 2021 review of the Coordinated Plan on AI sets concrete proposals and recommendations for further joint actions between the European Union (EU) and member states in order to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness. Reviewing national strategies is one of the tasks of AI Watch, launched by the European Commission to support the implementation of the Coordinated Plan on AI. By June 2021, 20 member states and Norway had published their national AI strategies, while Greece is in the final phase.
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