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Parliamentary questions
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23 March 2020
P-001768/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Anna Bonfrisco
 Answer in writing 
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Security threatened by the ‘Health Silk Road’ project

Italy is currently set to become the only G7 country and EU Member State involved in the Chinese geopolitical project known as the `Health Silk Road´ that is being launched by the Italian Prime Minister and the Chinese President. It is no secret that China is seeking to acquire health and technological data from elsewhere. Huawei has offered to work with Italy to develop a cloud network for the real-time sharing of health data. However, the lack of transparency surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the controversial use of personal data in China give cause for grave concern.

In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:

Will it ask the Italian Prime Minister, as a matter of urgency, to report on the content of the above-mentioned agreements?

Will it assess the strategic importance and management of EU citizens' health data in the Member States, given their status as personal data relevant to the protection of citizens' fundamental rights and to the 'critical infrastructure' of hospitals and public and private healthcare facilities within the meaning of the NIS Directive?

Does the agreement take into account the guidelines set out in the 5G security recommendation and the toolbox, and the need to guarantee and preserve national and European sovereignty and autonomy in respect of possible foreign interference?

Original language of question: IT
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