Secure 5G deployment in the EU – Implementing the EU toolbox

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Series Details COM (2020) 50
Publication Date 29/01/2020
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Communication published by the European Commsission on 29 January 2020, relating to a toolbox agreed by Member States aimed at mitigating the main cybersecurity risks of 5G networks, and providing guidance for the selection of measures which should be prioritised in mitigation plans at national and at Union level.

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Following the European Council's call for a common approach to the security of 5G technology, and the publication of a Recommendation by the European Commission, the Member States identified risks and vulnerabilities at national level, and publish a joint EU risk assessment. They went on to agree on a toolbox addressing those risks, including risks related to non-technical factors. The toolbox also includes strategic and technical measures and corresponding actions to reinforce their effectiveness.

In accordance with that toolbox, this Communication launches relevant actions within the competence of the European Commission and calls for key measures to be put in place by 30 April 2020.

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Commentary and Analysis
Bloomberg, 29/01/2020: How Will Huawei Factor In to EU’s 5G Security Risk Plan?
ECFR: Commentary, 03/02/2020: On 5G, Brussels is up to the job

Politico, 23/01/2020: Huawei feels heat as EU plans exclusions of high-risk 5G vendors
The New York Times, 29/01/2020: E.U. Recommends Limiting, but Not Banning, Huawei in 5G Rollout
CNN Business, 29/01/2020: Europe moves to secure 5G networks but won't ban Huawei
Kathimerini, 29/01/2020: Huawei says it welcomes EU guidelines on 5G security
Politico, 29/01/2020: EU spells out rules for ‘high risk’ 5G suppliers
RTÉ News, 29/01/2020: EU says member states can ban or restrict high-risk suppliers from their 5G networks
Deutsche Welle, 29/01/2020: EU rules out Huawei ban — but maps out strict rules on 5G
EUObserver, 30/01/2020: EU rules leave 5G networks open for Huawei

European Commission: Press Release, 29/01/2020: Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox and sets out next steps
European Commission: Secure 5G networks: Questions and Answers on the EU toolbox (29 January 2020)
European Commission: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Vestager at the Press Conference on the Communication of the Commission on secure 5G deployment in the EU (29 January 2020)
Commission Européenne: Propos liminaires du Commissaire Thierry Breton: EU Toolbox / 5G (29 janvier 2020)
Huawei: Press Release, 29/01/2020: Huawei media statement following the publication of the European Commission’s 5G security toolbox

ESO Records
Provision of 5G Technology in Europe [2019-]

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