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Europe’s new hub for AI supervision.
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The AI Office of the European Commission, headed by Lucilla Sioli of Italy, is set to coordinate the implementation of the AI Act, the European regulation on Artificial Intelligence.

This office will officially enter the Commission’s organizational chart in mid-June, but its structure is already being defined.

Sioli, currently head of the AI Directorate in DG Connect, will oversee the AI Office, which expands from the previous office without creating new positions, but by reorganizing existing staff.

The AI Office, which plans to reach a workforce of 140 people, consists of five units.

1. Excellence in AI and Robotics,led by Ce’cile Huet, focuses on research development and coordination of GenAI4EU, an initiative for European generative AI models.

2.AI regulation and compliance,will ensure uniform application of AI Act rules at the local level, including dealing with investigations and penalties.

3. AI Security, which does not yet have a named head, will be in charge of evaluating and testing AI models, devising mitigation strategies and control systems.

4. The Innovation and Policy Coordination Unit, headed by Malgorzata Nikowska, will harmonize national policies and support SMEs through dedicated hubs and AI factories.

5. Social Good, led by Martin Bailey, will focus on AI applications that benefit Society, such as climate models and disease diagnosis, coordinating with international bodies.

Jouga Heikila will be the international affairs advisor, and a senior scientific advisor will work with the Science Panel.

The Commission will launch the AI Pact, a process of compliance with EU rules, in late June.

To date, 400 organizations have signed on, including large language model developers such as OpenAi, Meta, Microsoft and Google.

To manage AI Act-related contracts, 6 million euros have been allocated for the AI Innovation Accelerator, 2million for sandboxes and 1.5 million for AI model compliance testing.

In addition, the Commission will invest 24 million for a Language Technology Alliance and 25 million for a large language model.

However, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors, the European Union lags behind the United States and China in the AI sector.

Lack of governance tools and insufficient monitoring of investments have led to limited support for innovators.

Now the AI Offce will face the challenge of closing this gap and making the whole system work.