Thursday, April 3, 2008

EU threatens to take Romania and Bulgaria to court over 112 emergency number

BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) - The European Commission says it has sent Bulgaria and Romania a final warning, threatening to take both countries to court if they do not ensure that the 112 European emergency telephone number works properly.

Under EU rules, member states have to make sure that emergency services can be called free of charge with the single European emergency number 112.

They also have to ensure that telecoms operators provide the emergency authorities with information on the caller's location for 112 calls made from both fixed and mobile phones.

In Bulgaria, 112 is still not available nationwide, while in Romania the emergency services are still not provided with caller location information for mobile calls.

antonia.vandevelde@thomson.com

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