On 23 September 2020, the Committee of Ministers approved the progress report of the Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI), which sets out the work undertaken and progress towards the fulfilment of the committee’s mandate since it was established on 11 September 2019.
The progress report sets out a clear roadmap for action towards a Council of Europe legal instrument based on human rights, the rule of law and democracy. Its clear relevance has also been confirmed and reinforced by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
The preliminary feasibility study, providing indications on the legal framework on the design, development of artificial intelligence based on Council of Europe’s standards is expected to be examined by the CAHAI at its forthcoming third plenary meeting in December 2020. 2021 will also be dedicated to multi-stakeholder consultations and to the finalisation of the elements of the legal framework on AI.