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20 December 2013
PE 521.535v02-00 A7-0482/2013

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

(COM(2013)0315 – C7-0173/2013 – 2013/0166(COD))

Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Philippe De Backer

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
 OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

(COM(2013)0315 – C7-0173/2013 – 2013/0166(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2013)0315),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 91 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0173/2013),

–   having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 19 September 2013(1),

–   after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the opinions of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (A7-0482/2013),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment  1

Proposal for a decision

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 of 26 November 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the harmonised provision for an interoperable EU-wide eCall21 establishes the specifications for upgrading the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of eCalls, in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the harmonised EU-wide eCall service.

(3) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/201321 establishes the specifications for upgrading the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of eCalls using the 112 number in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the harmonised EU-wide eCall service, and requires the Member States to submit a report by 23 October 2013 on the state of its implementation, including a schedule of its deployment during the ensuing two years;

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21 OJ L 91, 3.4.2013, p. 1.

21 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 of 26 November 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the harmonised provision for an interoperable EU-wide eCall (OJ L 91, 3.4.2013, p. 1).

Amendment  2

Proposal for a decision

Recital 3 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) eCall reception centres conforming to standard EN 16102 already exist. Pursuant to paragraph (f) of Annex II to Directive 2010/40/EU, the principle of backward compatibility with existing systems must be respected, and it is therefore necessary to take the operation of those centres into account.

Justification

Since private eCall systems already exist, it should be specified that this decision applies only to 112 eCalls under the pan-European eCall system.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a decision

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) In order to ensure the interoperability and continuity of the service throughout the Union, and reduce the costs of implementation for the Union as a whole, it is necessary that all Member States deploy the eCall priority action in accordance with the common specifications established in Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013. This should be without prejudice to the right of each Member State to deploy additional technical means to handle other emergency calls.

(6) In order to ensure the full functionality, compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the service throughout the Union, and to reduce the costs of implementation for the Union as a whole, it is necessary that all Member States deploy the eCall priority action in accordance with the common specifications established in Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013. This should be without prejudice to the right of each Member State to deploy additional technical means to handle other emergency calls.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a decision

Recital 6 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) It is important for all Member States to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the development of a EU-wideinteroperable eCall service (eCall MoU) in the Union.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a decision

Recital 6 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6b) In order to ensure consumer confidence in the new eCall system, Member States need to ensure that appropriate use is made of the data transferred.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a decision

Recital 6 c (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6c) It is important to encourage Member States, telecom operators and vehicle manufacturers to help develop and implement the EU-wide eCall service.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) As experienced with other emergency calls systems, manually triggered eCalls may include a share of assistance calls. If necessary, Member States may implement all appropriate technical and organisational means in order to filter these assistance calls to ensure that only real emergency calls are handled by eCall PSAPs.

(7) As experienced with other emergency calls systems, manually triggered eCalls may include a share of assistance calls. Member States must implement all appropriate technical and organisational means in order to filter these assistance calls to ensure that only real emergency calls are handled by eCall PSAPs. In so doing, Member States should ensure that all calls are treated in the most effective way.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) Since not all Union citizens are familiar with the use of the eCall service, its deployment should be preceded by an awareness-raising campaign, undertaken by the Commission and Member States, to explain to citizens the benefits, the functionalities and the data protection safeguards of the new system. The campaign should take place in Member States in cooperation with national and regional authorities and should aim at informing users on how to use the system properly and avoid false alarms.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7b) In line with the recommendations made by the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party and contained in the 'Working document on data protection and privacy implications in eCall initiative', adopted on 26 September 200621a, when deploying the eCall PSAPs infrastructure, Member States should ensure that the processing of personal data in the context of handling eCalls fully complies with the personal data protection rules provided for in Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council21b and in Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council21c.

 

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21a 1609/06/EN – WP 125.

 

21b Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31).

 

21c Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications) (OJ L 201, 31.7.2002, p. 37).

Amendment  10

Proposal for a decision

Recital 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8a) In order to ensure reliable and equivalent access to 112 and emergency services for all citizens, the accuracy and reliability of the location of a 112 call from a mobile terminal equipped with a GNSS device should be comparable to that of an eCall. Article 26 of Directive 2002/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council21d, as amended by point 17 of Article 1 of Directive 2009/136/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council21e, provides that the criteria of accuracy and reliability of the call location are to be defined by the relevant regulatory authorities and that the Commission may, after consultation with BEREC, adopt technical implementation measures.

 

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21d Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users' rights relating to electronic communications networks and services (Universal Service Directive) (OJ L 108, 24.4.2002, p. 51).

 

21e Directive 2009/136/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services, Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector and Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws (OJ L 337, 18.12.2009, p. 11).

Amendment  11

Proposal for a decision

Article 1 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall deploy no later than 1 October 2015 the necessary eCall PSAP infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of all eCalls, if necessary purged of non-emergency calls, on their territory, in accordance with the specifications laid down by Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013, in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service. This is without prejudice to the right of each Member State to organise its emergency services in the way most cost effective and appropriate to its needs, including the possibility to filter calls that are not emergency calls and may not be handled by eCall PSAPs, in particular in the case of manually triggered eCalls.

Member States shall deploy no later than 1 October 2015 the necessary eCall PSAP infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of all eCalls, purged of non-emergency and false calls, on their territory, in accordance with the specifications laid down by Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013, in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service. This is without prejudice to the right of each Member State to organise its emergency services in the way most cost effective and appropriate to its needs, including the possibility to filter calls that are not emergency calls and may not be handled by eCall PSAPs, in particular in the case of manually triggered and false eCalls.

Justification

PSAPs are often under huge pressure to treat all calls in the most appropriate way. The introduction of a mandatory eCall will increase the amount of calls that needs to be treated in the PSAP. To ease the burden for PSAPs, Member States should have the possibility to filter manual calls or calls that can be assumed as being false.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a decision

Article 1 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

A Member State may choose to outsource all or some 112 eCall services, through public service delegation, to assistance providers recognised by that Member State.

Justification

It should be specified that Member States have the option of outsourcing eCall service management to assistance providers, as long as this is under the responsibility of the public authority.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a decision

Article 1 paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Member States shall ensure that data transmitted via the eCall service are used exclusively for rescue and traffic management purposes following an emergency call.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a decision

Article 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 1a

 

Member States shall ensure that the eCall service is provided free of charge to eCall users.

Justification

eCall is a public emergency service and any fee cannot be charged for its use.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a decision

Article 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 2a

 

Member States shall ensure, by 1 October 2015, that eCalls can be originated from anywhere in their territory.

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OJ C 341, 21.11.2013, p. 47.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

I. Commission proposal

The Commission has been working on E-Call since 2005, and attempted to introduce it on a voluntary basis. As this voluntary approach did not work - today only around 0,7% of vehicles is equipped with an eCall system - the Commission started to adopt legislation in order to have eCall as a mandatory service in new vehicles.

The European Parliament adopted on 3 July 2012 with large majority an own-initiative report, called "eCall - a new 112 service for citizens". In that report, the Parliament considered that the eCall should be a public EU-wide emergency call system, embedded in the vehicle and based on the 112 emergency number and on common pan-European standards.

The Commission followed largely Parliament's report with the two proposals that are now on the table.

The Commission chose a ‘regulatory’ approach. eCall will be based on the installation of type-approved equipment for the Single European Emergency Number 112 in all vehicles, starting with certain categories of vehicles, and a framework for handling eCalls in the telecommunication networks and PSAPs. This approach will make eCall available to all citizens in Europe as an EU-wide service, accelerate the deployment and realise the full potential of eCall to save lives and mitigate the severity of injuries. Building on and coexisting with this 112 standard factory equipment, additional in-vehicle emergency and/or added value services may be provided to the end-user giving further safety and economic benefits.

On 8 September 2011 the Commission adopted a Recommendation on support for an EU-wide eCall service in electronic communication networks for the transmission of in-vehicle emergency calls based on 112 (‘eCalls’).

In order to complete the implementation of its eCall strategy and ensure timely and parallel implementation of the eCall service based on 112 by the three stakeholder groups involved (mobile network operators, public emergency services and automotive industry) by 2015, the Commission proposed the following:

a)  A Recommendation to the Member States targeting Mobile Network Operators to support the transmission of the eCalls (under the responsibility of DG CNECT - adopted on 8th September 2011).

b)  A proposal for a Regulation under the vehicle type-approval legislation for the mandatory introduction of the in-vehicle part of the eCall service in new type-approved vehicles of selected categories in Europe (under the responsibility of DG ENTRadopted on 13 June 2013).

c)  Within the framework of Directive 2010/40/EU on Intelligent Transport Systems, a Commission Delegated Regulation on specifications on the necessary equipment in the Public Safety Answering Points for the proper receipt and handling of eCalls. This was followed by a proposal on the deployment of that required infrastructure (under the responsibility of DG MOVE) - adopted on 13 June 2013.

The latter proposals published on 13 June 2013 are the following:

1.  Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

2.  Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system and amending Directive 2007/46/EC

How does it work?

eCall is activated automatically as soon as in-vehicles sensors detect a serious crash. Once set off, the system dials the European emergency number 112, establishes a telephone link to the appropriate emergency call centre and sends details of the accident to the rescue services including the time of the incident, the accurate position of the crashed vehicle and the direction of travel. An eCall can also be triggered manually by pushing a button in the car, for example by a witness of a serious accident.

According to the Commission, a 112 eCall can speed up emergency response times by 40% in urban areas and 50% in the countryside(1) (with a net gain of around 10 minutes).

Proposal for a Decision

The Decision is directed to the Member States. This proposal addresses the part concerning the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) infrastructure in the Commission strategy on eCall, based on a three-pronged regulatory approach encompassing the in-vehicle system, the telecommunications networks and the PSAPs. It is in accordance with the specifications laid down by Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013. It consists of the following legal principles:

a)  Member States have to deploy the necessary eCall PSAP infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of all eCalls on their territory no later than 1 October 2015, and

b)  Member States shall report to the Commission on the state of implementation of this Decision 18 months at the latest after its entry into force. The Decision will enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The cost for the Member States is largely dependent on the current orgaisation/level of equpment of the national PSAP infrastructures and the number of PSAP's. Of course, innovative solutions allow sensible reduction of costs.

Rapporteur's point of view

Road safety has always been a very important issue for the European Parliament. Your rapporteur supports fully the Commission proposal to introduce eCall mandatory in all new vehicles from 1 October 2015. The fact that an automatic call can lead to a faster intervention by the emergency services, results in less victims and less serious injuries for European drivers and citizens. Each minute is critical to save the lives of injured people and to reduce the severity of injuries.

Your rapporteur, therefore, believes that we have to proceed swiftly in this file and calls on the other Members to follow him in this approach.

Today only around 0,7% of vehicles are equipped with private eCall systems in the EU, which makes the introduction of mandatory eCall necessary. It has to be a free and public service, available for all drivers.

The 112 service exists already, and the PSAP's are in place and function well. This leads to the fact that Member States' investments will be minimal. As a result of the HeERO Pilot project (Harmonised eCall European Pilot), organized by the Commission, some Member States (Czech Republic, Croatia and Romania) are ready for the implementation of the 112 eCall service. Lots of Member States did start with the pilot, so there is a lot of ongoing work. Your Rapporteur, therefore, believes that 1 October 2015 is a reachable target for Member States to upgrade their infrastructure in the appropriate manner.

As the 112 service is not yet well-known by the public, it would be appropriate if Member States raised awareness of the 112 eCall and the functionalities and possibilities of eCall by launching awareness campaigns. To ensure consistency between the different Member States, the Commission should coordinate and assist them in organizing this campaign.

The Decision gives Member States the possibility to filter the incoming calls, in order to ease the work of the PSAP's. Manually triggered calls can be treated differently from the automatic calls. Your rapporteur agrees with this approach, but wants to emphasize the importance for the Member States to treat all calls effectively.

Your rapporteur adds a recital emphasizing that accurate and reliable caller location for 112 calls is also necessary. Next to eCall, also the "normal" 112 calls should be treated in an appropriate way. In order to avoid that situation where an unjustifiable and consequential situation is created, in which citizens would only be located accurately by 112 services following road accidents. This recital intends to ensure that all citizens, and not only those who are equipped with eCall-enabled vehicles, can benefit from the already widely deployed GNSS location technologies.

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German study "STORM" (Stuttgart Transport Operation by Regional Management)


OPINION of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (4.12.2013)

for the Committee on Transport and Tourism

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

(COM(2013)0315 – C7-0173/2013 – 2013/0166(COD))

Rapporteur: Adina-Ioana Vălean

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service in the vehicles in all the EU countries is one of the major priorities for the Union and is part of the Road Safety Action Programme 2011-2020. In 2012 around 28 000 people were killed and more than 1.5 million injured in 1.1 million traffic accidents on EU roads.

The aim of the in-vehicle eCall system is to alert emergency services and to ensure the earlier arrival of qualified and equipped assistance in case of a serious accident, with a net gain around 10 minutes.

Currently, only around 0.7% of vehicles are equipped with private eCall systems in the EU; different European car manufacturers already provide it as well as other services (breakdown assistance, dynamic navigation...).

The rapporteur welcomes the proposal for a decision on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall which is in line with the EU Road Safety Action Programme 2011-2020 and with its previous resolution adopted on 3 July 2012 (P7_TA (2012) 0274).

However, in order to leave the Members States put in place the respective PSAP infrastructure and in order to leave the automobile industry implement the technical adaptations, that should be defined mid-2014 through delegated acts, in all new cars, the target date of 1st October 2015 appears very ambitious. Therefore the rapporteur recommends postponing it to June 2016.

In addition, the rapporteur is introducing an obligation for the Member States to also ensure a equivalent level of accuracy and reliability of caller location of a 112 call initiated by a mobile terminal.

The deployment of eCall confirms that GNSS location data can effectively be retrieved and transmitted over mobile networks to 112 services. While the importance of eCall is not questioned, it should be noticed that it will represent only about 1.7 %(1) of the annual number of emergency calls in the EU. The current proposal by the Commission would create an unjustifiable and consequential situation in which citizens would only be located accurately by 112 services following road accidents.

This obligation would enable citizens and emergency services to maximise the societal benefit of using GNSS location technologies, since it is estimated that 5.5 million eCalls will be made each year in comparison to the estimated 320 million emergency calls in the EU yearly.

This amendment intends to ensure that all citizens, and not only those who are equipped with eCall-enabled vehicles, can benefit from the already widely deployed GNSS location technologies.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy calls on the Committee on Transport and Tourism, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a decision

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 of 26 November 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the harmonised provision for an interoperable EU-wide eCall21 establishes the specifications for upgrading the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of eCalls, in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the harmonised EU-wide eCall service.

(3) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 of 26 November 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the harmonised provision for an interoperable EU-wide eCall21 establishes the specifications for upgrading the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of eCalls, in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the harmonised EU-wide eCall service and requires the Member States by 23 October 2013 to report on the state of implementation, including a schedule of deployment during the ensuing two years;

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21 OJ L 91, 3.4.2013, p. 1.

21 OJ L 91, 3.4.2013, p. 1.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a decision

Recital 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(4a) Whereas almost all Member States have signed or supported the Memorandum of Understanding for the Realisation of interoperable In-Vehicle eCall;

Amendment  3

Proposal for a decision

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) In order to ensure the interoperability and continuity of the service throughout the Union, and reduce the costs of implementation for the Union as a whole, it is necessary that all Member States deploy the eCall priority action in accordance with the common specifications established in Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013. This should be without prejudice to the right of each Member State to deploy additional technical means to handle other emergency calls.

(6) In order to ensure the full functionality, compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the service throughout the Union, and reduce the costs of implementation for the Union as a whole, it is necessary that all Member States deploy the eCall priority action in accordance with the common specifications established in Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013. This should be without prejudice to the right of each Member State to deploy additional technical means to handle other emergency calls.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) As experienced with other emergency calls systems, manually triggered eCalls may include a share of assistance calls. If necessary, Member States may implement all appropriate technical and organisational means in order to filter these assistance calls to ensure that only real emergency calls are handled by eCall PSAPs.

(7) As experienced with other emergency calls systems, manually triggered eCalls may include a share of assistance calls. If necessary, Member States may implement all appropriate technical and organisational means in order to filter these assistance calls to ensure that only real emergency calls are handled by eCall PSAPs. In so doing, Member States should ensure that all calls are treated in the most effective way.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) Not all Union citizens are familiar with the use of the eCall service. Member States should organise awareness-raising campaigns in cooperation with the Commission. Those campaigns should inform citizens of the existence of a free and publicly available eCall service, emphasising the benefits and functionalities of the system.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a decision

Recital 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8a) The European Parliament has requested that accurate and reliable caller location for 112 calls be provided in 2007, 2011, 2013, in its Written Declaration 0044/2007, its Resolution P7_TA(2011)0306, its parliamentary question for oral answer of 31 May 2013 and so far, very little progress has been made;

Amendment  7

Proposal for a decision

Recital 8 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8b) All components of the eCall service relating to accurate and reliable positioning information, including the GNSS-enabled mobile terminals, should guarantee compatibility with the services provided by the European satellite navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo and make full use of those EU programmes when they become operational.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a decision

Recital 8 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8c) To ensure equivalent access to 112 and emergency services for all citizens, the level of accuracy and reliability of caller location of a call to 112 with a GNSS-enabled mobile terminal should be equivalent to that of an eCall. Article 26 of Directive 2009/136/EC on the single European emergency call number 112 provides for accuracy and reliability criteria of caller location to be layed down by competent regulatory authorities while the Commission, having consulted BEREC, may take technical implementing measures;

Amendment  9

Proposal for a decision

Article 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall deploy no later than 1 October 2015 the necessary eCall PSAP infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of all eCalls, if necessary purged of non-emergency calls, on their territory, in accordance with the specifications laid down by Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013, in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service. This is without prejudice to the right of each Member State to organise its emergency services in the way most cost effective and appropriate to its needs, including the possibility to filter calls that are not emergency calls and may not be handled by eCall PSAPs, in particular in the case of manually triggered eCalls;

Member States shall deploy no later than 1 June 2016 the necessary eCall PSAP infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of all eCalls, if necessary purged of non-emergency calls, on their territory, in accordance with the specifications laid down by Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013, in order to ensure the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service. Member States shall also ensure that the level of accuracy and reliability of caller location of a call to 112 with a GNSS-enabled mobile terminal is equivalent to that of an eCall, in accordance with Directive 95/46/EC on data protection. This is without prejudice to the right of each Member State to organise its emergency services in the way most cost effective and appropriate to its needs, including the possibility to filter calls that are not emergency calls and may not be handled by eCall PSAPs, in particular in the case of manually triggered eCalls;

Amendment  10

Proposal for a decision

Article 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 2a

 

Member States shall ensure, by no later than 1 October 2015, that eCalls can be originated from anywhere in their territory.

PROCEDURE

Title

Deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

References

COM(2013)0315 – C7-0173/2013 – 2013/0166(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

1.7.2013

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

1.7.2013

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Adina-Ioana Vălean

11.9.2013

Discussed in committee

5.11.2013

 

 

 

Date adopted

28.11.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

50

1

3

Members present for the final vote

Josefa Andrés Barea, Jean-Pierre Audy, Ivo Belet, Jan Březina, Giles Chichester, Jürgen Creutzmann, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christian Ehler, Vicky Ford, Adam Gierek, Norbert Glante, Robert Goebbels, Fiona Hall, Edit Herczog, Kent Johansson, Romana Jordan, Krišjānis Kariņš, Philippe Lamberts, Bogdan Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Angelika Niebler, Jaroslav Paška, Vittorio Prodi, Miloslav Ransdorf, Herbert Reul, Teresa Riera Madurell, Jens Rohde, Paul Rübig, Salvador Sedó i Alabart, Francisco Sosa Wagner, Konrad Szymański, Patrizia Toia, Evžen Tošenovský, Catherine Trautmann, Ioannis A. Tsoukalas, Claude Turmes, Marita Ulvskog, Vladimir Urutchev, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Alejo Vidal-Quadras

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Rachida Dati, Ioan Enciu, Roger Helmer, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Gunnar Hökmark, Ivailo Kalfin, Seán Kelly, Holger Krahmer, Werner Langen, Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Alajos Mészáros, Markus Pieper, Vladimír Remek, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Carl Schlyter

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http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/document.cfm?doc_id=2252


OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (28.11.2013)

for the Committee on Transport and Tourism

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

(COM(2013)0315 – C7-0173/2013 – 2013/0166(COD))

Rapporteur: Olga Sehnalová

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

eCall belongs to the eSafety applications that aim in particular at the mitigation of the consequences of road accidents. eCall is desinged to automatically trigger an emergency call in case of a severe accident. Immediate notification of the accident and proper identification of the exact location reduces time necessary to provide effective help due to faster arrival of the emergency services at the place of accident.

Your rapporteur considers the main benefits of eCall in easier and faster identification of the location of the accident, faster adoption of measures to divert traffic flow (reducing congestion produced by accidents and avoiding secondary accidents), timely and validated information (elimination of serious health consequences of road users involved in an accident), basic set of technical data (allowing emergency services to prepare in advance for intervention) and interoperable compatible message (eliminating language barriers between the vehicle occupants and the PSAP operator, which is important in the European multi-language environment).

Your rapporteur welcomes the proposal for the decision on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall and its objective to ensure the coordinated and coherent deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service and to guarantee interoperability and continuity of the service throughout Europe. This reflects the opinion of the European Parliament which has expressed its support for the introduction of eCall on numerous occasions, including the support for its mandatory deployment. In its resolution on eCall: a new 112 service for citizens, which was adopted in July 2012 with a large majority, the European Parliament regretted the delays and lack of progress in the voluntary deployment of eCall and urged the Commission to propose regulatory measures necessary to avoid additional delays.

A proposal requires the Member States to deploy the necessary eCall PSAP infrastructure required for the proper receipt and handling of all eCalls on their territory no later than 1 October 2015. Your rapporteur believes that delaying of this date could give a negative vision to all stakeholders involved and would create confusion and additional delays of the implementation of this life-saving technology.

PSAPs infrastructure should be upgraded by the Member States in a manner best suited to their national/local architecture, thereby respecting the specific issues and circumstances that apply in each Member State. All Member States should be able to organise their emergency services in the way most cost effective and appropriate to their needs, including the possibility to filter calls. Your rapporteur welcomes that the Member States are free to include filtering call centres or to receive them in the same PSAPs that receive 112 eCall or any combination, and that Member States will be free to design the reception of eCalls in the way they prefer.

eCall is designed as a public emergency call service. Therefore your rapporteur believes that eCall should be free of charge, for the benefit of all road users in Europe.

Your rapporteur is convinced that awareness-raising campaigns concerning the eCall system and its benefits, its use and its functionalities should be promoted by both the Commission and Member States in order to increase the public’s understanding of eCall and explain that demand for such emergency service is beneficial for society. Providing practical information through targeted campaign could also help to minimise the risk that this service is misused or misunderstood.

Beyond the obligations of the Member States defined in this proposal, however, eCall cannot work properly without the involvement of other stakeholders, particularly automotive manufacturers and mobile network operators. Your rapporteur therefore calls on relevant stakeholders and Member States' representatives to cooperate closely in order to ensure a harmonised introduction of eCall service and bring its benefits to European citizens.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection calls on the Committee on Transport and Tourism, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a decision

Title 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Proposal for a

Proposal for a

DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall based on the 112 service

(Text with EEA relevance)

(Text with EEA relevance)

Amendment  2

Proposal for a decision

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) To ensure consumer confidence in the new eCall system, Member States need to make sure that appropriate use is made of the data transferred.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) As experienced with other emergency calls systems, manually triggered eCalls may include a share of assistance calls. If necessary, Member States may implement all appropriate technical and organisational means in order to filter these assistance calls to ensure that only real emergency calls are handled by eCall PSAPs.

(7) As experienced with other emergency calls systems, manually triggered eCalls may include a share of assistance calls. If necessary, Member States may implement appropriate technical and organisational means in order to filter these assistance calls to ensure that only real emergency calls are handled by eCall PSAPs.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) The deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall should be preceded by an awareness raising campaign, undertaken by the Commission and Member States, to explain the benefits, the functionalities and the data protection safeguards of the new system to citizens. The campaign should take place in Member States in cooperation with national and regional authorities and should aim to inform users on how to use the system properly and avoid false alarms.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7b) To ensure equivalent access to 112 and emergency services for all citizens, the level of accuracy and reliability of caller location of a call to 112 with a GNSS-enabled mobile terminal should be equivalent to that of an eCall. Article 26 of Directive 2009/136/EC on the single European emergency call number 112 provides for accuracy and reliability criteria of caller location to be laid down by competent regulatory authorities while the Commission, having consulted BEREC, may take technical implementing measures.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a decision

Recital 7 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7c) In line with the recommendations made by the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party and contained in the 'Working document on data protection and privacy implications in eCall initiative', adopted on 26 September 200621a, when deploying the eCall PSAPs infrastructure, Member States should ensure that processing of personal data in the context of handling eCalls fully complies with the personal data protection rules provided for in Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data21b and in Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications)21c.

 

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21a 1609/06/EN – WP 125.

 

21b OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31.

 

21c OJ L 201, 31.7.2002, p. 37.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a decision

Article 1 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Member States shall ensure that data transmitted via the eCall service are used exclusively for rescue and traffic management purposes following an emergency call.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a decision

Article 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 1 a

 

Member States shall ensure that eCall service is free of charge for eCall users.

Justification

eCall is a public emergency service and any fee cannot be charged for its use.

PROCEDURE

Title

Deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

References

COM(2013)0315 – C7-0173/2013 – 2013/0166(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

1.7.2013

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

1.7.2013

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Olga Sehnalová

9.7.2013

Discussed in committee

25.9.2013

5.11.2013

27.11.2013

 

Date adopted

28.11.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

28

5

0

Members present for the final vote

Claudette Abela Baldacchino, Adam Bielan, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Sergio Gaetano Cofferati, Birgit Collin-Langen, Lara Comi, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, António Fernando Correia de Campos, Cornelis de Jong, Christian Engström, Evelyne Gebhardt, Małgorzata Handzlik, Malcolm Harbour, Philippe Juvin, Toine Manders, Mitro Repo, Heide Rühle, Christel Schaldemose, Andreas Schwab, Catherine Stihler, Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, Emilie Turunen, Bernadette Vergnaud, Barbara Weiler

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Morten Løkkegaard, Claudio Morganti, Olga Sehnalová, Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, Wim van de Camp, Patricia van der Kammen

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Monika Panayotova, Andrés Perelló Rodríguez


PROCEDURE

Title

Deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall

References

COM(2013)0315 – C7-0173/2013 – 2013/0166(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

13.6.2013

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

1.7.2013

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

1.7.2013

IMCO

1.7.2013

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Philippe De Backer

3.9.2013

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

4.11.2013

16.12.2013

 

 

Date adopted

17.12.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

42

3

0

Members present for the final vote

Magdi Cristiano Allam, Inés Ayala Sender, Georges Bach, Erik Bánki, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Antonio Cancian, Michael Cramer, Joseph Cuschieri, Philippe De Backer, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Christine De Veyrac, Saïd El Khadraoui, Ismail Ertug, Carlo Fidanza, Knut Fleckenstein, Jacqueline Foster, Franco Frigo, Mathieu Grosch, Jim Higgins, Juozas Imbrasas, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Georgios Koumoutsakos, Werner Kuhn, Jörg Leichtfried, Bogusław Liberadzki, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Gesine Meissner, Mike Nattrass, Hubert Pirker, Dominique Riquet, Petri Sarvamaa, Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Olga Sehnalová, Brian Simpson, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, Giommaria Uggias, Peter van Dalen, Patricia van der Kammen, Roberts Zīle

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Zita Gurmai, Bogdan Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Alfreds Rubiks, Sabine Wils, Karim Zéribi

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Ivo Strejček

Date tabled

20.12.2013

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