European Commission refers Romania to ECJ over 122, grants 3 month delay

The European Commission decided on September 17 to refer Romania to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over shortcomings in the operation of the single emergency phone number 112.
However, due to the positive signals received from Romania, the Commission will wait for another 3 months before effectively referring the case to the ECJ. In case the shortcomings signaled are put right during such time, then the case will be closed. Neighbouring Bulgaria is in the same situation.
„Although some efforts have been made by both Bulgaria and Romania on the implementation of the single European emergency number 112, we cannot be complacent when it comes to the safety of our citizens. Any delay on the implementation of 112 can put the lives and health of travellers at risk. I call on Romania and Bulgaria to fully and quickly implement number 112”, said Viviane Reding, the EU Telecoms Commissioner.
The shortcoming in the case of Romania consists in the lack of caller location for 112 calls from mobile phones. In the three month given Romania, the country should take all the required measures to make sure the location of calls is fully operational.
At present, the programnes for the location of the 112 calls from the mobile telephony networks are being tested and there are big chances that the service be fully operational by end-Nov.
Officials of the European Union executive body will visit Romania at the end of October to see for themselves whether the shortcomings signalled by the Commission have indeed been remedied.
The infringement procedure against Romania over the shortcomings in the single emergency phone number 112 was opened on Nov. 28, 2007, when a letter of warning was sent to the Romanian authorities. In April 2008 reasoned opinions – the „last warning” in such a procedure – were sent to Romania on the proper functioning of 112, with the letter saying that the location of those who call 112 from a mobile phone to announce an emergency is still not possible in Romania.
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