1. Is the Commission aware of the existence of computer chips manufactured in China using a new scan method(1)? A special code built into the chips makes it possible for persons of malicious intent to manipulate them, with the result that any appliance in which the chip is installed becomes vulnerable to crimes involving theft of intellectual property, fraud or worse. Normal anti-virus programmes cannot detect these chips, because most only check computer software, not the hardware.
2. Does the Commission acknowledge the dangers inherent in the use of such chips in European products?
3. If not, why not?
4. What steps has the Commission taken to prevent such chips being used in European products?
5. How will the Commission prevent such chips from being used in products of strategic importance, such as those employed by communications, security and energy firms?
6. What representations has the Commission made to the Chinese authorities to put across to them that the manufacture of such chips is unacceptable?
7. What implications does the manufacture of such chips have for EU‑China trade relations?
8. What compensation can purchasers of such chips expect for any damage incurred as a result of their use?