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eSafety Forum High Level meeting, 18 October 2005
Four more EU Member States sign up to automatic emergency call action plan
On 18 October Greece, Italy, Lithuania and Slovenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which all new cars in Europe are to be equipped with in-vehicle emergency call (eCall) technology as soon as 2009, in line with an action plan agreed by the Commission and industry in February this year. The eCall MoU had already been signed earlier by Finland and Sweden.
"I am confident that with this clear support from the Member States and from the industry, eCall will be a reality for EU citizens by 2009" Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media.
The Commission meeting with 20 EU Member States in Brussels on 18 October confirmed that eCall is on track for the 2009 launch. Six Member States have now signed the eCall MoU. Five further Member States (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands) said that they would do so very soon.
The eCall road map targets end of 2005 for agreeing on eCall standardisation and specifications, 2006 for full-scale field tests and 2009 as the year for introducing eCall technology in all new vehicles. This technology will use the location-enhanced single European Emergency Number (E-112).
The Commission's September 2005 Communication on eCall, "Bringing eCall to the Citizens", strongly urged the national and regional governments to act and to invest in the necessary emergency care for eCall, with the view to a pan-European launch in 2009, and to promote eCall at national and international fora. The Commission is also promoting the use of 112 and is urging the Member States to improve their responses to 112 emergency calls.
Below you can find the attendance list from the meeting and the different presentations made. For more information, please contact the DG eCall at eCall@mail.ertico.com
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