Calling an emergency call from the car automatically in case of an accident - eCall

Following Parliament's own initiative report “ecall: new 112 service for citizens”, the Commission presented two proposals concerning an EU-wide 112 emergency number based assistance call system (eCall). The proposal on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall was referred to the TRAN Committee, whereas for the proposal on type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system, TRAN gave an opinion to the IMCO Committee.
 
With regard to deployment, the proposal sets out to ensure the coordinated and coherent deployment of interoperable EU-wide cCall service and to guarantee interoperability and continuity of the service throughout Europe. It addresses the deployment of the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) that receive eCalls in the Member States.
 
The report adopted by the TRAN Committee
 
  • differentiates between non-emergency and false calls and makes it possible to outsource 112 eCall services;
  • guarantees that the data are used for rescue and traffic management purposes only;
  • makes eCall free of charge for users; and
  • calls for an awareness raising campaign to explain the benefits and functionalities of eCall.
Whereas these goals were shared by all institutions, the original date of application of October 2015 proved to be relatively short for the Member States.
 
After negotiations, a first reading agreement was reached that confirmed the above and obliged Member States to to put in place the necessary eCall answering infrastructure for the proper receipt and handling of all eCalls no later than 1 October 2017 and at least 6 months before the date of application of the rules on placing eCall devices in cars - the other file in the eCall package of proposals, which is yet to be negotiated with the Council.
 
Rapporteur: Philippe DE BACKER (ALDE)
 
Shadow Rapporteurs: D. KOCH (EPP), Z. GURMAI (S&D), K. TAYLOR (Greens/EFA), A. ROSBACH (ECR)