BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU Commission will next week encourage EU countries to share more data to address cyber security risks associated with 5G networks, but will ignore US calls to ban Huawei Technologies, four known people with the case, said Friday.
FILE PHOTO: People walk past a signboard by Huawei at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China June 14, 2018. REUTERS / Aly Song / File Photo
European digital boss Andrus Ansip will present recommendation on Tuesday. Although the guide does not have legal force, it will carry political weight which may ultimately lead to national law in the EU countries.
The United States has lobbied Europe to shut down Huawei, saying the equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage. Huawei has strongly rejected the allegations and earlier this month, the US government sued the problem.
Ansip will tell EU countries to use tools set out in the EU Network and Information Systems Security Directive, or the NIS Directive, adopted in 2016, and the recently approved Cybersecurity Act, the people said.
For example, Member States should exchange information and coordinate on impact assessment impact assessment studies and on Internet connected devices and 5G equipment certification.
The Commission will not demand a European ban on global marketer Huawei and allow EU countries to decide on national security grounds.
"It is a recommendation to improve the exchanges on the security assessment of digital critical infrastructure," one of the sources said.
The Commission said the recommendation would underline a common EU approach to security risk for 5G networks.
The EU government's guidance marks a tougher stance on Chinese investment after years of almost undeveloped European openness to China, which controls 70 percent of the global supply of critical raw materials needed to make high-tech goods.
The measures, if taken on board, will be part of French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday was a "European awakening" of potential Chinese dominance after EU leaders had a first discussion on China's policy at a summit .
Germany this month puts tougher criteria for all telecom equipment providers, without designating Huawei and ignoring US pressures.
Large telecom operators resist a Huawei ban, saying that such a move could put back 5G distribution in the block after years. In contrast, Australia and New Zealand have stopped operators using Huawei equipment in their networks.
The industry sees 5G as the next money spins, with the promise of connecting everything from vehicles to household appliances.
In addition to the Huawei question, the block is also planning to discuss Chinese subsidies, government involvement in the Chinese economy, and more access to the Chinese market at an EU-China summit on 9 April.
Writing by Foo Yun Chee; Editing Edmund Blair