MEP Adina Vălean, on the European 112 Day: The emergency number can save lives! I invite you to join the campaign of public awareness

On 11 February, Europe celebrates the European 112 Day, a day established in 2009 and dedicated to raising awareness of the European emergency number 112.

Each year, the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) proposes a theme to be highlighted in European countries and this year the European 112 Day was dedicated to raising awareness among Erasmus students.

On this occasion, MEP Adina Valean (EPP), 112 Ambassador, stated:

Adina Valean bbSince 2009, the European 112 Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness on this emergency number. As a 112 ambassador, I strongly believe that the European emergency number and improving the emergency services in the European Union can lead to the safety of the European citizen and of those visiting the EU.

In collaboration with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), and as vice-president of the European Parliament, we launched several public awareness campaigns, inviting airports and airlines to submit promotional materials to inform their passengers about 112. Hotels, restaurants, camps and travel agencies from all over Europe contribute to this project. Moreover, Erasmus organizations provide information about 112 to the young Europeans that are traveling.

I invite you too to join this campaign of public awareness by informing your relatives and close friends. 112 can save lives!

epp group logoHow does the emergency number work?

  • You can call 112 from fixed and mobile phones to contact any emergency service: an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police.
  • A specially trained operator will answer any 112 call. The operator will either deal with the request directly or transfer the call to the most appropriate emergency service depending on the national organisation of emergency services.
  • Operators in many countries can answer the calls not only in their national language, but also in English or French. If the caller does not know where he is, the operator will identify where the person making the call is physically located and will pass it to the emergency authorities so that these can help immediately.
  • 112 is also used in some countries outside the EU – such as Switzerland and South Africa – and is available worldwide on GSM mobile networks.

Check the European Emergency number association website for more information.

 

 

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