Government to discuss health risks associated with use of 5G technology

Silvio Schembri. Source: Flickr

The Democratic Party, on Friday, requested Parliament’s health committee to discuss the potential risks associated with the use of 5G technology. This decision was welcomed by Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Innovation Silvio Schembri.

The Party also called for establishing a special committee within the Environment and Resources Authority to ascertain that there were no adverse effects on the public and environmental health of the technology.

According to a report in Malta Today, the Communications Authority said that it would investigate the technology only after receiving directions from the Environmental Health Authority.

The testing of 5G technology was also put to a halt in the Belgian capital Brussels after radiation levels crossed the country’s standard of 95 megawatts per sq.m.

“No sort of license was issued by Malta Communications Authority (MCA) to any company with regard to the transmission of mobile services of experimental or commercial matters related to 5G,” the parliamentary secretary said.

“On matters concerning electromagnetic radiation of a non-ionising nature, the Secretariat would like to assert that the Malta Communications Authority checks the levels of electromagnetic radiation from radio communications sources on a regular basis to make sure that these are in conformity with the standards and criteria as established by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation, which standards are recognised by several international institutions such as the World Health Organization and the EU’s Scientific Committee,” the Secretariat was quoted as saying by Malta Today.

Moreover, the parliamentary secretary asserted that the health and security of Maltese citizens will always remain a priority and not be “bartered for profits”.