Exclusive: the EU drops the threat of Huawei's ban but wants to monitor risks 5G – sources


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will urge the EU countries to share more data to address cyber security risks related to 5G networks next week but will ignore US calls to ban Huawei Technologies, four people said. they are familiar with the issue.

FILE PHOTOS: People pass by a Huawei cartel at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China, June 14, 2018. REUTERS / Aly Song / Photo File

European digital chief Andrus Ansip will present the recommendation on Tuesday. Although the guide has no legal force, it will have a political weight that can lead to national legislation in the countries of the European Union.

The United States pushed Europe to shut down Huawei, saying its equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage. Huawei strongly rejected the allegations and earlier this month sued the US government on the issue.

Ansip will tell the countries of the EU to use the tools established by the EU directive on network and information system security, or the NIS directive, adopted in 2016 and the recently approved law on computer security, the citizens said.

For example, Member States should exchange information and coordinate on impact assessment studies on security risks and certification for Internet-connected devices and 5G equipment.

The Commission will not require a European ban on the world market leader Huawei, leaving it to the EU countries to decide on national security grounds.

"It is a recommendation to improve exchanges on digital critical infrastructure security assessment," said one of the sources.

The Commission stated that the recommendation would highlight a common EU approach to security risks to 5G networks.

The guide to the EU executive marks a tougher stance on Chinese investment after years of almost unhindered European openness to China, which controls 70% of the global supply of essential raw materials needed to produce high technology goods.

The measures, if taken on board, will be part of what French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday was a "European revival" on the potential Chinese domination, after the leaders of the EU held a first discussion on the politics of China at a summit.

This month Germany has set stricter criteria for all telecommunications equipment suppliers, without identifying Huawei and ignoring US pressure.

The major telecommunications operators oppose Huawei's ban, stating that such a move could delay the deployment of 5G in the block for years. In contrast, Australia and New Zealand have blocked operators using Huawei equipment in their networks.

The industry sees 5G as the next monetary spinner, with the promise of connecting everything from vehicles to domestic devices.

Alongside the Huawei question, the blockade also plans to discuss Chinese subsidies, state involvement in the Chinese economy and greater access to the Chinese market at an EU-China summit on April 9th.

Written by Foo Yun Chee; Edmund Blair editing

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