EU member states urged to impose restrictions on high-risk suppliers in the telecom space

The executive vice president of the European Commission in charge of digital issues, Margrethe Vestager, asked European Union member states to set up restrictions on high-risk vendors in telecommunications networks: ‘We are urging member states who have not yet imposed restrictions on high-risk suppliers to do that without delay, as a matter of urgency. […] A number of countries have passed legislation but they have not put it into effect … Making it work is even better.’

In response to a question on whether Germany is of particular concern, Vestager replied that ‘it is not only Germany, but it is also Germany’.

For context, a set of measures called the 5G Security Toolbox were agreed upon by the European Union member states in 2020 for the purpose of providing a framework for security in modern telecommunications networks.