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Parliamentary questions
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19 February 2020
Priority question for written answer  P-000988/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Anna Bonfrisco (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Safeguarding the interests of the EU and shaping the world’s future through the development and deployment of 5G technology

Concerns related to cybersecurity, counter-intelligence, digital infrastructure, services, data, health and privacy are the main challenges that need to be addressed comprehensively when it comes to developing and deploying 5G in the Western world.

The European companies Ericsson and Nokia and the American company Cisco are leading the development and deployment of 5G. This technology is expected to unlock the full potential of the single market and the US economy, generating jobs and growth and improving the welfare of people living in the West.

Supporting the Western competitors of Chinese companies has become a matter of national security for all the countries in the West.

In order for European companies to remain at the forefront of telecommunication technologies, a strategic political approach needs to be taken immediately. If not, Huawei and ZTE will become the cheapest, fastest and most ubiquitous global providers of 5G, leaving Western companies and workers at a disadvantage.

Can the Commission say if it has already provided guidance on the strategic and geopolitical dimension of 5G and its role in putting the Western world and the North Atlantic Alliance back on the map?

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