Providers of 5G networks must fulfil Polish, EU requirements - Dep FM

Wawrzyk highlighted a Polish-American agreement signed last year by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 5G network security. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk told the Sejm (lower house) Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that Poland is in discussions with Chinese 5G network providers, but they will have to meet Polish requirements in line with EU recommendations.

On behalf of the foreign minister, Wawrzyk presented the Sejm Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, on the motion of the Left (Lewica) grouping, information concerning Poland's foreign policy priorities in the context of cyber-security.

The deputy foreign minister stated that Poland is cooperating and will continue to cooperate with the US, as with all NATO partners, in the field of 5G networks and their security. Among the states with which Poland is conducting talks on ensuring the security of the supply chain for equipment and software, he named EU and NATO member states and partner countries such as Australia, Japan and South Korea.

In the context of US relations, Wawrzyk highlighted a Polish-American agreement signed last year by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 5G network security. He gave his assurance that Poland had noted with interest US initiatives concerning 5G networks and supports American activities undertaken on the basis of all security requirements.

Wawrzyk noted that Poland is holding talks on the matter with China, which he described as "the fastest developing large economy in the world and a provider of advanced technology including in the field of 5G."

"We are carefully following Chinese initiatives in this area," Wawrzyk said, going on to state that all future 5G network providers, regardless of county of origin, would have to meet Polish requirements and criteria enshrined in national regulations and in line with EU recommendations. He added that this strategy is in line with those of other EU member states.

"In building the 5G system, Poland intends not to discriminate against or exclude anyone or apply double standards," he told the committee. "We believe that our relations with China are based on real development possibilities, (and) mutually beneficial cooperation in many economic areas."

He went on to say "we should not lose the chance to make use of these opportunities, limiting dialogue only to one aspect, namely 5G technology."