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Parliamentary questions
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22 May 2019
E-001051/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001051/2019

The Commission monitors the implementation of the European emergency number 112 in all Member States and issues yearly reports including on the response time of the relevant emergency services.

Where implementation failure is identified, the Commission engages with the relevant Member States to address the outstanding issues in the shortest possible timeframe. The Commission is also in close contact with the Greek authorities to ensure full compliance with EU rules.

The figures on response times referred to in the question are not related to eCall, but to 112 calls in general. eCall benefits from the parallel transmission of the position data to the emergency call centres, which solves the issue of the caller location. According to the final report of the I_HeERO project(1), the conformity assessment of the eCall implementation in the Greek Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) system has been successfully executed in March 2018 by the accredited test laboratory.(2)

It is too early to report on the implemenation of Regulation (EU) 2015/758 which made eCall mandatory for the new type of vehicles from 31 March 2018. In accordance with this regulation, the Commission will present an evaluation report by 31 March 2021, including the penetration rate.

The Commission welcomes the agreement reached by the EU institutions on the new vehicle Safety Regulation on 26 March 2019 which will make mandatory a number of new safety features. The regulation will subsequently be published in the Official Journal and be fully applicable from mid-2022.

(1)https://iheero.eu/
(2)NavCert GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany (Accreditation No. D-PL-17052-01-00).

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