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Webinar: National AI strategies in Europe

Where are we now and what's next?

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Recording of the webinar



This joint online webinar held on 22 June 2021 is part of the OECD’s and the European Commission’s (EC) joint efforts on global monitoring and analysis of Artificial Intelligence developments. The collaboration focuses on supplying accessible, consistent, and up-to-date information to stakeholders through the OECD AI Policy Observatory and the Commission’s knowledge service to monitor the development, uptake and impact of AI in Europe, AI Watch.

Together, OECD.AI and AI Watch provided a wealth of knowledge on trends in research and development, jobs and skills, and the latest AI news, as well as a repository of more than 650 AI policies and strategies from over 60 countries and the EU.

In this context, the webinar introduced the updated AI Watch "National Strategies on Artificial Intelligence: A European Perspective"  report and the OECD 'State of Implementation of the OECD AI Principles: Insights from National AI Policies' report on national AI policies. It also presented the new initiatives and features on the EC-OECD database of national AI strategies and policies.

The AI Watch "National Strategies on Artificial Intelligence: A European Perspective" report provides comprehensive information on EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland’s national AI strategies. It aims to help Member States to learn from each other’s policy initiatives and to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities, and will also be available on the OECD AI Policy Observatory.

The OECD “State of Implementation of the OECD AI Principles: Insights from National AI Policies”  report looks at how countries are implementing the five recommendations to governments contained in the OECD AI Principles and examines emerging trends on AI policy. The report was drafted based on the input of the OECD AI Network of Experts (ONE AI) working group of Policies for AI and the EC-OECD database of national AI strategies and policies.

On 21 April 2021, the EC came forward with its “AI package”, a key milestone in the implementation of the EU’s vision to create an ecosystem of excellence and an ecosystem of trust for AI. It includes the 2021 review of the Coordinated Plan on AI and a horizontal legislative proposal on AI.


In this webinar attendees:

  • Gained information about emerging trends in AI policy across EU countries in the context of building ecosystems of excellence and trust in AI
  • Discovered stakeholders’ views on the role of national AI policies in the development and uptake of trustworthy AI as well as on the opportunities and benefits of enhancing collaboration
  • Learned about the work of the European Commission and the OECD to monitor and analyse national AI policies


14:00 Welcome

  • Andrew Wyckoff, Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) of the OECD
  • Mikel Landabaso, Director of the Directorate for Growth and Innovation at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
  • Lucilla Sioli, Director of the Directorate Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry of the Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission

14:30 EC-OECD monitoring of AI developments

14:45 European approach to AI - the Coordinated plan on AI

14:55 How is Europe shaping excellence and trust in AI?

Moderator: Vincent Van RoyDigital Economy Unit, European Commission


16:00 Break

16:10 How can stakeholders engage with national AI strategies
and support the development of a wider AI ecosystem in Europe? 

Moderator: Laura Galindo-Romero, OECD AI Policy Observatory AI Policy Analyst.


17:15 Wrap-up / conclusions

  • Audrey PlonkHead of OECD Division for Digital Economy Policy,
  • Juha Heikkilä, Head of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Excellence unit of the European Commission
  • Carlos Torrecilla, Head of Digital Economy Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission


The webinar was hosted by the by the European Commission’s Directorate General Connect (DG Connect) and the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) and OECD AI Policy Observatory team within the OECD’s digital economy policy division.