EU industry chief Thierry Breton has called for more European Union countries to join the 10 nations that have already implemented restrictions or bans on using Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE in their 5G networks, according to Reuters. Breton emphasized the potential risks to the collective security of the EU and expressed concerns about certain EU countries still using components with perceived high risk in their 5G core networks, citing China’s national intelligence and data security laws. The European Union issued guidelines two years ago, urging member states to assess suppliers’ risk profiles at the national or EU level and take measures to restrict or ban high-risk vendors from key parts of their telecommunications networks. “To date, only 10 of them have used these prerogatives to restrict or exclude high-risk vendors. This is too slow, and it poses a major security risk and exposes the Union’s collective security, since it creates a major dependency for the EU and serious vulnerabilities,” Breton told a press conference. [Reuters]