2009-03-16: Wherever you are in the European Union (EU) … and whatever you are doing … there is just one phone number that you need to remember for emergency services – ‘112’.
Now that Bulgaria has set up its own 112 Hotline, the single EU Emergency Phone Number works in All EU Member States, without exception …
Check out your country … here !
When you call ‘112’, – from a land line, a public pay phone or a mobile/cell/handy phone – a local operator will either deal with your call directly, or redirect you to the emergency service you need – ambulance, police, or the fire services.
There is no charge for a ‘112’ Phone Call.
The single EU Emergency Phone Number does not replace existing national emergency phone numbers – it works alongside them.
Did you know that this number has been around for almost 20 years … and still only 22% of Europeans know about it ?
However, one small little problem remains … you can only call this number … that is, if you are physically capable of making a call and having a phone conversation !
Article 9 of the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (text quoted in an earlier post !), which became an International Legal Instrument on 3rd May 2008, requires that the …
EU ‘112’ Emergency Phone Number System SHALL be ACCESSIBLE !
Get your fingers out Brussels !!!
UPDATE 2013-04-06: In the interim … there has been no dramatic improvement …
Flash EuroBarometer 368 – February 2013 – Summary Report
The European Emergency Number ‘112’
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