Huawei representative: EU must secure global supply chain for IT


The mid-May tightened export restrictions by the US government, according to which chip manufacturers are no longer allowed to supply semiconductors with technology and know-how from the USA to Huawei, the chief representative of the Chinese group at the EU institutions, Abraham Liu, as “a challenge for the whole Industry “around information and communication technologies. Global supply chains are particularly important for this sector, since “hundreds of thousands of components from all over the world” are integrated into its products and systems.

Liu emphasized on Thursday that digital technology had proven to be particularly useful and valuable for people’s communication, especially during the Corona crisis Online debate of the Digital Europe umbrella organization on economic transformation and recovery opportunities in the face of the pandemic. Huawei is now forced to ensure the continuity of IT operations not only because of the virus threat, but also because of a “political, artificial disruption” in a completely new way.

In view of the controversial move by the US executive, the vice president of the network supplier and smartphone manufacturer for Europe appealed to all companies to investigate possible weaknesses in their supply chains. The measure ultimately also threatens the rule of law, as companies are bound by the compatibility of their activities with local laws. Europe, as a bloc that sees itself as “united in its diversity”, must defend such values ​​and multilateralism.

Anthony Whelan, digital adviser to the President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen, referred to the 750 billion euro European “emergency development tool” launched on Wednesday. As its centerpiece and “Bazooka” will be one new building and resilience facility act in the amount of 560 billion euros. The fund should provide financial incentives for public investment and reform, particularly in the area of ​​green and digital transformation, which made the economies of the member states more resilient and sustainable.

Digital Europe had previously criticized the fact that the planned next seven-year EU financial framework provides only three percent of the budget for digital transformation. Whelan has now been able to calm the mood here, as the cuts proposed by the member states should be reversed. The Commission is planning a total of 1.1 trillion euros for the EU budget from 2021 to 2027 without further stimulus measures, which will include through a digital tax and a higher CO2 price. The Brussels-based government institution wants to go ahead without the OECD if necessary for financial giants such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook or Microsoft, if the international community does not deliver soon.

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