The Transnational Database is a single source reference for PSAPs in EU countries. This database of long-numbers ensures that emergency services can communicate across borders.
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What is it?
The transnational database ensures that emergency services in one country can contact emergency services in another country, by providing a single contact point per country.
Without this number, it is impossible, or it takes an exceptionally long time to enter into contact with emergency services on the other side of Europe.
At present, 20 European countries have signed up to the database.
Unfortunately, some countries still do not provide this long-number and this can delay emergency operations. In emergency situations – when every second counts – not being part of this database could be fatal for citizens in distress.
Since 2009, EENA has been working to make sure that emergency services can communicate between different countries. The proposal arose from representatives of London Ambulance Service (UK) and 112 Canary Islands (Spain).
After that, EENA started to manage a database of long-numbers (E164 numbers), enabling emergency services to contact a single contact point in another country.
However, it became crucial to protect the data and secure this database. To this end, EENA reached out to the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications (CEPT).
After some negotiation, it was agreed that the CEPT’s permanent office, the European Communications Office (ECO), would establish and securely manage a new database of long numbers for PSAPs across Europe.
EENA and the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications (CEPT) worked to have this PSAP Directory of numbers enshrined in EU Legislation.
Since 2018, The European Electronic Communications Code (Directive 2018/ 1972/EC) Article 109(8) declares that: “A Union-wide, secure database of numbers for a lead emergency service in each country should therefore be introduced. To that end, BEREC should maintain a secure database of E.164 numbers of Member State emergency service numbers, if such a database is not maintained by another organisation…”
Since the transnational database was set up, emergency services in many countries have been able to help citizens not only nationally but also across Europe.
These successful international stories show the importance of this database in improving and accelerating emergency response between European countries.
How can countries join this database?
The transnational database is managed by the European Communications Office (ECO). For any questions please feel free to contact Freddie McBride, Deputy Director at ECO.