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The plan will be introduced at an upcoming trade council meeting.

The United States and the European Union plan to release a new artificial intelligence roadmap that prioritizes security and risk management, Reuters reports. The joint plan is to be introduced at the next meeting of their joint trade and technology council, a senior US official said.

The US commerce undersecretary for international trade, Marisa Lago, announced the new roadmap at an event hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce. She said that the document would be released at the next ministerial meeting of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) on December 5.

“We think that this is a mutual priority that is going to grow in scope as new AI applications come online and as more authoritarian regimes are taking a very different approach to the issues of security and risk management“, she said.

Maintaining free markets and security management

Lago said that US and EU officials felt the document would be integral to ensuring that new technologies were deployed in line with shared democratic values and free-market principles. It should also help ensure that small- and medium-sized US and EU businesses are not locked out of new digital markets, she added.

Gina Raimondo, the US Secretary of Commerce, met virtually with EU Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday to discuss the work of the Council. According to the Commerce Department, their discussion centered around issues such as artificial intelligence, semiconductors and technology services.

US President Joe Biden’s national security strategy took aim at China, calling it the most consequential challenge to global order, and underscoring the need for close cooperation with allies to contain its rise. The report refers to China as “the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system.”