The European Union must provide you with a technique to counter disinformation about 5G expertise or danger false claims derailing its financial restoration and digital targets, a gaggle of 15 international locations together with Poland and Sweden stated.
Conspiracy theories that the novel coronavirus could also be linked to the wi-fi expertise have led to the torching of cell phone masts in 10 European international locations and assaults on upkeep staff in latest months.
The 27-nation EU sees 5G because the linchpin of its financial restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic and expertise autonomy, with its promise to allow every little thing from self-driving automobiles to distant surgical procedure and extra automated manufacturing.
The 15 international locations listed their issues and proposals in a joint letter to EU digital chief Margrethe Vestager, inner market commissioner Thierry Breton and values chief Vera Jourova that was seen by Reuters.
“It’s clear … that we’re witnessing rising exercise of the anti-5G motion throughout the European Union,” they stated, calling for the EU to “take an lively, long-term and systemic strategy” to tackling issues about 5G and electromagnetic fields (EMF).
“We, as Member States are keen to contribute to this EU-wide initiative with our nationwide experience and greatest observe to sort out the difficulty of 5G and EMF disinformation,” the letter stated.
The international locations urged extra scientific analysis on the dangers to individuals’s well being, proposed an awareness-raising marketing campaign throughout Europe and in addition advised a broad debate taking into consideration the fears and worries of opponents to 5G.
Different signatories to the letter embrace Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia.
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