Recommendation on Cybersecurity of 5G networks

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Publication Date 26/03/2019
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Recommendation - adopted by the European Commission on 26 March 2019 - on a common approach across the European Union (EU) to the security of 5G networks.

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The Recommendation features a set of operational steps and measures aimed at ensuring a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the European Union. The adoption of this document followed the support demonstrated by the European Council for a concerted approach to the security of 5G networks. The relevance of 5G networks was also highlighted in a Joint Communication on EU-China relations.

The recommendations are a combination of legislative and policy instruments aimed at protecting economies, societies and democratic systems. They include measures at a national level - national risk assessment of 5G network infrastructures - and at EU level - exchange of information and completion of coordinated risk assessment.

The European Commission announced on 19 July that most Member States had already submitted their national risk assessments, as per recommended. These would feed into an EU-wide assessment, which was released in October 2019.

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Politico, 26/03/2019: 7 takeaways on the EU’s Huawei plan

EurActiv, 26/03/2019: Commission rolls out 5G recommendations, has ‘specific concerns’ about Huawei
Euronews, 26/03/2019: EU moves to protect security amid 5G concerns
RTÉ News, 26/03/2019: EU demands scrutiny of 5G risks but will not ban Huawei
ISPreview: News, 26/03/2019: EU Sets Tougher Security Standards for Future 5G Mobile Networks
Deutsche Welle, 26/03/2019: EU wants joint approach to 5G
Reuters, 26/03/2019: Huawei welcomes EU executive's 'objective' approach to 5G

European Commission: Press Release, 26/03/2019: European Commission recommends common EU approach to the security of 5G networks
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 26/03/2019: Commission recommends common EU approach to the security of 5G networks [Q&A]
European Commission: Statement, 19/07/2019: Security of 5G networks: EU Member States complete national risk assessments

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Provision of 5G Technology in Europe [2019-]

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