European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on eCall Equipment in PSAPs

The European Commission has adopted this week a new delegated regulation on eCall equipment in PSAPs. The new rules can be accessed here.

The legislation amends the 2013 delegated regulation which established specifications for upgrading the PSAP infrastructure required to handle eCalls with newer versions of relevant standards (EN16072:2022; EN16062:2023; EN17184/2022; EN15722:2020; EN16454:2023; CEN/TS 17240:2018). These pave the way for the transition from eCall working over circuit-switched cellular networks (2G/3G) to packet-switched communication networks. The legislation also intends to make sure that the processing of personal data in the context of eCall is carried out in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

The new norms will directly apply to new infrastructure deployed after this legislation has entered into force (around Q2 2024) and from 1 January 2026 for all infrastructures already deployed. The delegated regulation is binding in its entirety in all the Member States of the European Union without any delay of ‘transposition’ (process of integration of EU law into national law).

After the European Commission has adopted the delegated regulation, the European Parliament has a period of generally two months to formulate any objection to the delegated act. If no objection is made, the act is published in the Official Journal of the European Union and enters into force a few days later.

The European Commission is also set to adopt another delegated regulation in the next weeks on the in-vehicle eCall systems.

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