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Article on 112 by ‘New Europe’: Who would block 112 awareness?
New Europe published today a front-page article on the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM) and how it blocked awareness activities for the common European emergency number 112. More specifically, officials coming from DG COMM prevented European Commission representations in Member States from communicating on 112, although the planned awareness activities required no financial resources.
Europeans overwhelmingly support 112, with the recent 112 Day 2016 (11 February) being the perfect example. We believe that awareness of 112 is a right of Europeans, often meaning the difference between life and death.
EENA remains available to work with the European Commission, and any other stakeholder, to promote 112 among people everywhere in Europe.
EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.
The EENA memberships include more than 1300 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 80 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.