The EU Commerce Commissioner said he will call Donald Trump a “bluff” on threats to withdraw US cooperation with the United Kingdom and the rest of the intelligence and security bloc on Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant .
Phil Hogan has also risked the anger of the president of the United States in stating that the EU is not opposed, in principle, to giving the Chinese technology group access to 5G plans.
At a press conference in London, he said the United States had no exclusivity in terms of citizen security and predicted that Trump would turn to the EU’s view that they had shared interests in that regard.
When asked how he felt about the threat of the United States that the United Kingdom would lose access to the US anti-terrorist intelligence and security strategy if it did not “fit in” and block the Chinese from the cellular network, Hogan went Frank.
“I think that’s a bit of saber noise. I don’t think that really happens, “he said.
“We can call [Trump’s] bluffing about that, the United States sets conditions on Huawei, “he said.
Hogan is in the middle of his first official visit to Washington as the new EU trade commissioner.
In a satellite interview at a Global Counsel trade conference with former EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson, he said the EU had no objection in principle to Huawei operating in Europe.
He added that Europe would take a different approach, arguing that the best way was to “develop criteria in which people can trade fairly.” We cannot tell Huawei “you cannot enter the EU”, that is not what we want.
“We do not subscribe to the opinion that, whatever you do, you block Huawei.
“If they really implement the rules of the game … all competition is welcome and should be fair,” said Hogan.
The United States believes that a danger is that its intelligence could be compromised because the United Kingdom has access to the data under the “five-eye” pact and Huawei could be subject to the influence of the Chinese state, something Huawei has denied.
Hogan said the EU and the US UU. They must cooperate in the regulation of technology, otherwise both parties would lose to China.
He also said he believed that the United States and the EU could reach an agreement on a tax on digital companies such as Amazon and Google.
“Everyone accepts, including the United States, there will be a global tax to deal with technology companies. It’s a matter of how we define that and the criteria with which we end,” he said.
In Brexit he warned that it was impossible to agree on a new integral relationship with the United Kingdom before the December deadline established by Boris Johnson.
“Prime Minister Johnson has said he wants everything to be finished by the end of the year, it just isn’t possible,” he said. “Especially when you have to make a decision about the transition period for the first of July.”
After the interview, Lord Mandelson told reporters that at the end of the year a narrow commercial agreement was possible, but that the conditions linked to it could be unpleasant.
“I think we can reach a basic agreement by the end of the year, which would contemplate a duty-free and quota-free trade, but it would have a price and I’m not sure that the government would do it, given the political restrictions, be willing to pay it.”