European Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton gave a media conference on the EU approach to Artificial Intelligence following the weekly meeting of the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, April 21, 2021. China is moving ahead in the AI race, while the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of algorithms and internet-connected gadgets in daily life. The Commission said AI applications that allow governments to do social scoring or exploit children will be banned. Companies breaching the rules face fines of up to 6% of their global turnover or 30 million euros ($36 million), whichever is the higher figure. The Commission will have to thrash out the details with EU national governments and the European Parliament before the rules can come into force.