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Parliamentary questions
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27 February 2019
E-001051-19
Question for written answer E-001051-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  eCall and road safety
 Answer in writing 

The Commission’s report(1) on the use of the Single European Emergency Number (112) shows that 140 million calls were made in 2018 — up 5% in one year. 23 out of the 27 Member States reported that less than 10 seconds are required to identify the caller’s location in an emergency (e.g. road accidents), and the Commission considers that the effective implementation of the measure could save 2 500 lives annually in the EU. Unfortunately, longer waiting times were recorded in Greece (261 seconds).

Given its commitment to addressing the outstanding issues in cooperation with the national authorities, will the Commission say:

How will it promote this cooperation — and over which period of time — to mitigate the negative consequences of accidents, especially in Member States experiencing difficulties in using tools such as the 112 emergency number?

Since April 2018, eCall, the emergency call system, is mandatory for new vehicles. What data does it have on the implementation of the system, but also the response time of the relevant security and rescue services per Member State?

How does it assess, and how does it intend to expedite, the proposals set out in the European Parliament resolution(2) on new safety features in vehicles and general pedestrian safety?

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/2018-report-implementation-european-emergency-number-112
(2)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/el/press-room/20190220IPR27656/asfalesteroi-dromoi-upochreotiki-chrisi-sta-ochimata-technologion-pou-sozoun-zoes

Original language of question: EL 
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