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Update: Position Paper of tekom Europe on the European Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act

On March 13, the 705 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted on the Artificial Intelligence Act at first reading – and they approved it! A reason to celebrate for tekom Europe, which had published its position paper on the European Artificial Intelligence Act just two days earlier and sent it to the MEPs. In it, tekom supports the adoption of the law and identifies points that require further clarification by the legislature and other stakeholders. In several parts of the draft AI Act, it is mentioned that additional clarifications regarding technical documentation and help for developers and users are needed. Delegated acts, guidance documents to be issued by the Commission and standardization are explicitly mentioned.

At least the following issues should be dealt with in this context:
1. Quality standards for technical documentation and instructions regarding the use of generative AI (GenAI)
2. Minimum requirements on how technical documentation and instructions for use should be created for AI in general
3. Requirements for the technical documentation and instructions for use of in-house, non-commercial AI
4. References to EN IEC IEEE 82079-1 as the international standard for information for use
5. More details of the simplified technical documentation form introduced in the proposal (with the draft agreements of the trilogues), including what is in it and who will create it

The adoption in Parliament means that the final hurdle for the law has been cleared, after it was given the go-ahead by the European Council in February 2024.