Speaking in Strasbourg, the five MEPs stated: "The tragic natural disasters which occurred in Europe this summer should remind us how important it is for all of our citizens to know this emergency number, which is already in operation in all 27 Member States. Another crucial aspect is that all calls should be properly dealt with. Unfortunately, a large majority of European citizens are not familiar with the 112 number, and too many transposition problems persist in the Member States, who often lack the necessary technology or organisation."
Indeed, despite legislation going back 16 years and several problems areas identified, the European Commission has only published one document evaluating the implementation of 112, and even this turned out to contain inaccuracies.
The MEPs continued: "Now that the Parliament as a whole has endorsed our declaration, we fully expect the European Commission to create a European day to promote awareness of "112" - on 11 February, and to proceed without delay to an evaluation of all 112 services in Europe. To this day, only Portugal, currently holding the rotating Presidency of the Union, has made such an evaluation. We hope that it will show leadership and encourage the other Member States to go through the same process."