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Finland, Estonia, Sweden for resilient of submarine infrastructure

Published : 07 Dec 2023, 02:10

  DF Report
The telecommunications ministers of Finland, Estonia and Sweden. Photo: Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The telecommunications ministers of Finland, Estonia and Sweden on Tuesday stressed that the resilience of critical underwater infrastructure is now more important than ever.

The ministers underlined the importance of resilient infrastructure at the Telecommunications Council in Brussels, said the Ministry of Transport and Communications in a press release on Wednesday.

In light of recent incidents affecting submarine infrastructure in the Baltic Sea, Finland, Estonia and Sweden invited the Commission to propose steps to enhance the security and resilience of submarine infrastructure in Europe.

In their joint letter, the ministers emphasise the need for further investments in submarine communication cables at the European Union level.

“The resilience of European communications infrastructure is crucial, as it is critical for the basic functioning of our digital societies and economies. With this in mind, special attention should be paid to cross-border underwater connections,” said Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications Lulu Ranne.

“Without sufficient investment in resilient underwater communications infrastructure, Europe may not be able to ensure the basic connectivity that is essential for the functioning of society and the entire single market,” said Swedish Minister of Public Administration Erik Slottner.

“We are encouraged by the widespread support from other Member States for further investments in submarine communication cables at the European Union level,” said Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Tiit Riisalo.