Work is underway by cities supported by the European Commission to develop EU standard contractual clauses for the procurement of ethical AI based on the good practices of the City of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam developed a set of contractual clauses for the procurement of Artificial Intelligence, to create a framework for the information that suppliers need to provide on algorithms used in order to ensure citizen trust in these services and so that the city could provide transparent information on how AI is used.
The clauses built on the Ethics Guidelines developed by the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and on Amsterdam’s own strong digital ethics policy as a founding member of Cities Digital Rights Coalition. The city made its contractual clauses publicly available as a template for other cities and other governments to reuse, as a practical means of encouraging the use of AI while providing safeguards.
These clauses are being reviewed and adapted to ensure they are aligned with the AI Act which is still under negotiation. The work will be supported by a community of practice, DG GROW’s forthcoming Digital Public Buyer’s Community, and the Living-in.EU movement (DG CONNECT).
Please see the Coordinated Plan on AI Review 2021 for information on initiatives underway to support uptake of AI in the public and private sector.