Already for some time and especially since spring 2021, widespread and abrupt chip shortages have been dragging down industrial output across the EU. Sectors like automotive, consumer electronics, 5G technologies, industrial equipment, and medical devices are severely impacted. The drop comes despite a surge in manufacturers' order books and is seriously hampering the post-COVID economic recovery.
Steel is one of Europe's essential strategic sectors and plays a vital role in providing products and services to a wide-range of Europe’s industrial ecosystems.
The Commission initiative proposes to adapt rules on products to take account of developments linked to the move towards a circular and digital economy on liability for damage caused by new and refurbished products. It also aims at reducing obstacles to getting compensation for damage in order to ensure that injured parties are equally protected throughout the EU.
This is an exploratory opinion requested by the Swedish presidency of the Council as a follow-up to the opinion INT/1000 Competitiveness check adopted at the request of the Czech presidency.
The purpose of the AI Liability Directive is to lay down uniform rules for access to information and alleviation of the burden of proof in relation to damages caused by AI systems, establishing broader protection for victims (be it individuals or businesses), and fostering the AI sector by increasing guarantees. It will harmonise certain rules for claims outside of the scope of the Product Liability Directive, in cases in which damage is caused due to wrongful behaviour.