The European Union decided against caving to US pressure and will allow individual member states to decide on whether to do business with Chinese tech giant Huawei.
According to The Hill:
The European Commission on Wednesday endorsed guidelines for 5G networks that would allow European Union (EU) member states to decide whether to allow “high risk” telecommunications groups, such as Chinese company Huawei, in their networks, going against strong pressure from the U.S. to ban the company.
Under the new “toolbox” that lays out measures for how EU states mitigate cyber risks posed by the rollout of 5G networks, the European Commission required member states to “assess the risk profile” of suppliers of 5G equipment, and to apply any relevant protections for groups considered “high risk,” such as Huawei, though no company was mentioned by name.
The guidelines fall short of a ban on Huawei amid U.S. fears the Chinese telecommunications company could share intelligence with Beijing.
EU member states have until April 30 to implement key measures of the new 5G security guidelines.
This decision follows a decision by the United Kingdom to allow Huawei to build some infrastructure in the country. This move also went against the United States.