The EU should review Huawei risk, despite the lack of evidence: EU digital chief

The logo of Huawei is pictured at the top of the German headquarters of the Chinese telecommunications giant in Dusseldorf, Germany, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang rattay

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should be the assessment of the risks of using Huawei’s telecom equipment, in spite of the absence of evidence of espionage by the Chinese company, EU digital chief Andrus Ansip said on Wednesday.

Huawei, the world’s largest telecom-equipment company, is faced with a tight control in the West about his ties with the government of China and the US-led allegations that are devices that can be used by Beijing for spying.

The fact that the company is subject to the Chinese intelligence laws is alarming, European Commission Vice-President Ansip said.

“Yes, we have to deal with the risk assessment. They say that you don’t have solid evidence. Sorry, but that is a different subject,” he told a conference on cyber security.

“Because of this intelligence laws, we have to deal with the risk assessment. It is too late for us, as we have enough solid evidence made for the general public,” Ansip said.

The EU is counting on the cybersecurity act, a directive on the safety of the network and information system (NIS) and the foreign direct investment screening regulation to stave off cybersecurity threats.

Britain has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by Huawei, the head of the National Cyber Security Center told the same conference.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by David Evans

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