The European Parliament avoids citing companies in the sector such as Huawei and calls for guidelines to be set in the EU to fight against the threats and cybernetic fragility that the implementation of new networks entails Given the growing technological boom in China and the serious challenge to European security that this poses, the European Commission plans to present later to the Twenty-eight a recommendation to ensure ” a common EU approach to the security of 5G networks .”
The plenary session of the European Parliament has warned on Tuesday of the risk that it believes that the increasing arrival of Chinese technology companies to the European market for cybersecurity in the EU, for which it has called for more measures to strengthen protection in the bloc.
MEPs fear that 5G technology will allow large technology companies like Huawei to include mechanisms in their systems that allow manufacturers and authorities to access private data and telecommunications within the community soil.
One of the issues of concern to MEPs and that has motivated the resolution adopted in Strasbourg (France) is that local security laws require third-country companies to cooperate with the authorities of that country to safeguard national security also outside the country. his territory.
The laws applied by China to this type of companies have led several countries to evaluate security issues in detail and even veto companies.
Therefore, MEPs believe it is necessary to set guidelines in the EU to fight against the threats and cybernetic fragility involved in the implementation of 5G networks and point out measures such as the diversification of suppliers, the division into several phases of the purchase process or establish a common strategy to reduce European dependence on third parties.
These ideas have been supported by MEPs on the same day they approved a new European certification system for cybersecurity, which will be applied to products, processes, and services.
The European Cybersecurity Agency will also be strengthened and new rules are set for better protection for consumers, in addition to presenting simpler procedures for businesses.
Differences of opinions
All this is part of a document that has been drawn up by the Community Executive, in which it presents to the European governments ten actions to try to rebalance the relations between the bloc and Beijing.
Brussels avoids mentioning in the document to technology companies like Huawei but the vice president of Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, already criticized the company for months for collaborating with the Chinese intelligence services.
When asked if Huawei should participate in the development of 5G in EU countries such as Italy, the Vice President of Employment and Growth, Jyrki Katainen, at a press conference in Strasbourg to present the document, has admitted that ” there are differences of opinion between the Member States with respect to certain operators “and has avoided moving forward until the future Brussels recommendation because” work is ongoing “. He recalled that the EU is “an open market for all operators that meet our standards” and has relied on the Twenty-eight to adopt “more or less a united position”.