‘Wider debate’ needed before 5G rollout, says Brussels government chief

Brussels residents who oppose the technology need more convincing, Rudi Vervoort told POLITICO.

By SIMON VAN DORPE AND LAURENS CERULUS 

9/1/20, 5:25 PM CET Updated 9/1/20, 5:25 PM CET

Rudi Vervoort, minister-president of Brussels’ regional government | Eric Lalmand/AFP via Getty Images

Brussels needs to have a wider debate about 5G before the technology can be fully rolled out across the Belgian capital, according to the head of the region’s government.

Rudi Vervoort, minister-president of Brussels’ regional government, said public concerns about the purported health impact of 5G networks means politicians and interest groups still need to convince Brussels residents about the technology’s benefits.

“We are not against testing zones, for example at the airport or in the European quarter,” Vervoort told POLITICO in an interview conducted at the end of August. But, he added: “To make it more widely available, I think that will need a wider debate.”

Read more at: https://www.politico.eu/article/5g-cannot-happen-behind-back-of-citizens-brussels-government-chief-says/

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