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Parliamentary questions
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13 January 2020
Answer given by Ms Johansson
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-003189/2019

1. Ensuring the security of communications in 5G networks is a main concern for the Commission, as reflected in the Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/534 on the cybersecurity of 5G networks which promotes a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. Based on the findings of the EU coordinated risk assessment of 5G cybersecurity, the Cooperation Group set up under Directive (EU) 2016/1148(1) is now working together with the Commission and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) to identify possible risk management measures to mitigate identified risks.

At the same time, from a law enforcement perspective, Europol is currently working with Member States to better identify the challenges that 5G technology brings in relation with lawful interception, as defined under Member States laws.

2. Europol plays a central role in coordinating stakeholders’ activities when it comes to preserving lawful interception capabilities in 5G networks. One strand of work is about better coordinating and fostering the participation of Member States’ law enforcement authorities in 5G standardisation committees dealing with lawful interception. Europol encourages the participation of Member States in standardisation committees dealing with lawful interception and cybersecurity of 5G. However, the direct involvement of the Agency in these activities is currently limited.

3. The Commission, Europol and Member States’ law enforcement authorities are working together to identify appropriate ways of preserving lawful interception capabilities in 5G networks, in particular by participating in dedicated workshops or advisory groups on the topic of 5G. As the federal law-enforcement agency, the Bundeskriminalamt is invited to participate in these activities.

(1)Directive (EU) 2016/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2016 concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union, OJ L 194, 19.7.2016.
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