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Parliamentary questions
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27 April 2020
P-000988/2020(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-000988/2020

Ensuring Europe’s technological sovereignty and capability to develop 5G standards are part of the strategic objectives of the new Commission, as indicated in the political guidelines of President von der Leyen and the Commission’s Communication of 19 February 2020 on Shaping Europe’s Digital Future.

In this context, following the adoption of the Commission Recommendation of 26 March 2019 on Cybersecurity of 5G networks(1), EU Members States, in close cooperation with the Commission and ENISA, have addressed both technical and non-technical aspects of cyber-security of 5G networks.

In January 2020, Member States agreed on an EU coordinated risk assessment and a toolbox of mitigating measures(2), which includes strategic, technical, and support measures to address cybersecurity risks related to the rollout of 5G.

Furthermore, the Commission plans to support the implementation of the toolbox using relevant tools at its disposal, including foreign direct investment screening regulation as well as cybersecurity requirements for public procurement and EU funding programmes(3).

To ensure the technology capabilities as regards future standards for 5G and later 6G in the longer term, the Commission is preparing a strategic European Partnership on Smart Networks and Services under Horizon Europe , with the view to reinforcing the capabilities of European actors with regard to these digital infrastructures.

(1)C(2019) 2335 final
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/cybersecurity-5g-networks-eu-toolbox-risk-mitigating-measures
(3)COM(2020) 50 final.
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