April 21, 2021

BRUSSELS — ITI, the Information Technology Industry Council, welcomes the Commission proposal of a Regulation on Artificial Intelligence as an important global first.

ITI Vice President and Director General for Europe, Guido Lobrano, stated:

The Commission has taken a bold step towards pioneering regulation in this field. We need to unlock innovation, by building public trust in AI. We urge European policy-makers to focus on flexible regulation, targeted to the highest-risk applications. AI presents global opportunities and challenges, requiring cooperation and alignment between jurisdictions”

In case you missed it, today, Euractiv published an op-ed by Mr Lobrano on the need for AI regulation to increase user trust, whilst unlocking innovation, available here.

On Friday 23rd April, 3-4pm CET, ITI, together with Bitkom, will be the first to bring together decision-makers and industry to consider the Commission’s AI Regulation in an interactive webinar “The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Reflections on the Commission Proposal”


  • Nicola Beer, MEP, Vice-President European Parliament
  • Ricardo Castanheira, Digital Counselor at Portuguese Council Presidency
  • Cornelia Kutterer, Senior Director, Rule of Law & Responsible Tech at Microsoft
  • Susanne Dehmel, Member of the Executive Board at Bitkom
  • Guido Lobrano, Vice President and Director General for Europe at ITI
  • Anthony Whelan, Digital Adviser to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

The webinar will provide an opportunity for press to ask questions directly to decision-makers behind the proposal from all three institutions, as well as industry representatives. You can register here.

Vice President Vestager and Commissioner Breton today presented the much-awaited Draft Regulation on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to this, ITI released its Global AI Policy Recommendations in March 2021, which are available to consult here.

Public Policy Tags: Artificial Intelligence