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Report: EU to ignore US call for Huawei ban

The European Commission has decided to ignore U.S. calls to ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and will ask member countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks, Reuters reported.

The European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip will present a recommendation March 26, which calls for information exchange and coordination for the assessment of security risks for internet-connected devices and 5G equipment, Reuters reported. The recommendation does not have legal authority but could weigh in the development of national legislation by EU countries.

According to Reuters, the European Commission will not call for a ban on Huawei despite lobbying from the U.S. and will leave the decision making to EU countries.

The company filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government challenging a ban on federal agencies using its equipment.

Germany's telecom operator recently updated its security requirements for equipment suppliers without singling out Huawei. Now the suppliers will have to sign a no-spying agreement and allow inspection of critical source codes and oversight of key personnel associated with 5G network builds.

The European Commission's agenda for its April 9 EU-China summit also includes Chinese subsidies, state involvement in the Chinese economy and access to the Chinese market.