07 April 2008 Bucharest _ Romania has two months to solve problems over how their emergency services are contacted, the European Commission warns.
The EC has found that the emergency phone systems in both Romania and Bulgaria are still not working properly.
Although the emergency 112 number is functional in Romania, locating the caller is not possible if the call is made from a cell phone.
Last week, the EC said it was issuing its final warning to Romania and Bulgaria before taking the two countries to court.
Earlier Romania’s Minister for Communication, Karoly Borbely said the problems will only be ironed out after an agreement between mobile phone network operators and the national Special Telecommunications Service.
This agreement was planned to be signed in the summer but now the Romanian authorities must act sooner before they are brought before the European Court of Justice.
The Romanian Government announced last month that the emergency 112 system would be financed from the state budget with an annual allocation of Lei 38 million (€10.8 million) for the next five years. Read more: http://balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/9118
Meanwhile the minimal fine for bogus calls has been raised five-fold, to Lei 500 (€ 142).
There were 36 million emergency 112 calls in Romania last year, of which 33 million were bogus.