6/11/2008 11:10:00 AM
European emergency number 112 gets push
The European Commission is trying to raise awareness of the Europe-wide single emergency number 112 with the launch of a new website this week, after it was revealed only 22% of EU citizens were aware of the service.
The EC wants to make sure that Europeans know what number to dial in an emergency before they set off on their summer holidays, unless they are taking a trip to Bulgaria, where the service does not yet work. The site can be found at: www.ec.europa.eu/112.
The number was introduced in 1991 and works alongside existing national emergency numbers. It can be dialled free of charge from fixed-line and mobile phones or from a phone box.
EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding said: ‘While 112 is now available in all but one country across the EU, I call on Member States to make 112 better known and more effective. All EU citizens should know they can dial 112 to reach emergency services.’
She has demanded ‘rapid action’ from the Bulgarian authorities to fall into line with other Member States.