Radoslaw Kedzia, Huawei vice-president for the Central and Eastern European region, travelled to Romania in order to discuss the potential ban against the company with high state officials. However, Huawei has still received no answer yet.
The visit was prompted when Romania and America signed a Memorandum for the development of secure 5G networks. This included a specific set of criteria for selecting companies allowed to be involved in 5G projects.
As the use of Huawei 5G is banned in the US, the company is concerned that Romania will follow suit following this agreement.
“Vague and unfair accusations”
Radoslaw Kedzia wanted to discuss with Romanian officials about Huawei being a legitimate supplier of 5G technology. He went on to say that he was very surprised about “Romania accepting as valid the vague and unfair accusations expressed by the US”.
If the government does restrict Huawei from operating in Romania, Huawei isn’t afraid to send them to court as it would violate multiple treaties. However, Kedzia does not expect this to happen, “But we do not believe that this will happen, as there are intelligent people in the Romanian Government”.
Important to Romania
The Huawei vice president believes that the company is very important to Romania, and that the government wouldn’t be wise to ban it. He said, "Yes, we will meet with Romanian officials, we do not hide anything and we would like to meet them to clarify certain situations, and to receive advice and guidance, if necessary. We consider that we are a powerful company in Romania. We have decided to have several regional centers, including in Romania, we pay taxes of hundreds of millions of euros annually, being an important contributor in Romania."
Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila is set to visit the US this week. They will likely discuss 5G topics. Huawei could be getting an answer soon.
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