(Brussels, 21 May 2019) – Huawei today reaffirmed its commitment to roll out 5G “The European Way”, at a debate held in the Huawei Cybersecurity Transparency Centre in Brussels. In his remarks, Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, underlined two major points: Firstly, Huawei’s 5G has been co-developed by Europeans and is tailor-made for Europe’s needs and challenges. Secondly, the way Huawei is treated by the current US administration should worry everybody who cares for the respect of the rule-of-law.
“Huawei’s 5G solution is not just the best on the market. But it is to a large extent a European product; and it’s tailor-made for Europe’s needs. Huawei has been operating in Europe for nearly 20 years. We now have 12,200 employees in Europe, 70% hired locally. We are pleased that Europe is coming out with its coordinated approach to 5G. The European Union has proved its capacity of bringing European countries together to develop some of the most advanced and comprehensive laws like GDPR. Europe should continue to drive that agenda forward. The EU should make decisions for the benefit of Europe and its citizens”, said Abraham Liu.
“Huawei has been respecting all applicable laws and regulations. Now Huawei is becoming the victim of the bullying by the US administration. This is not just an attack against Huawei. It is an attack on the liberal, rules-based order. This is dangerous. Now it is happening to Huawei. Tomorrow it can happen to any other international company. Can we shut the eyes to such behaviour?” added Abraham Liu.
Europe-China Journalism Award
On the occasion of the DigitALL event, the Press Club Brussels Europe has presented the new Europe-China Journalism Award which is supported by Huawei. “The Press Club Brussels Europe builds bridges between media, people and nations”, said Maria Laura Franciosi, Founding Chair of the Press Club Brussels Europe.
New huawei.eu website
Huawei also took the opportunity at the event to “switch on” its new website huawei.eu, redesigned to give a state-of-the-art look, making all the info no more than three clicks away, and presenting the company’s priorities in the run-up to the roll-out of 5G networks and technologies over the next few years.
Huawei.eu now features a more creative use of photography, upgraded news and social media sections, a dedicated section for Huawei-organised events in Europe, a new channel of animated videos, and easy-to-locate explanatory pages on the current key drivers in ICT. The site also explains Huawei’s background and history as a company, its philosophy and core values.
Huawei currently has over 12 200 staff based in Europe, of whom nearly 2 400 are working in R&D. We run 23 R&D centres located in 14 European countries and operate numerous joint innovation centres in partnership with telecom and ICT partners. Our European Research Institute (ERI) in Leuven, Belgium, was launched in 2015 to manage this research network and drive digital transformation across Europe.