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Vice-President Siim Kallas on official visit to Singapore 13-15 February

Siim Kallas, Vice-President of EC

Vice-President Siim Kallas visited Singapore from 13 to 15 February.

During his visit he attended the Singapore Airshow and Aviation Leadership Summit 2012. Vice-President Kallas met Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew. The parties signed an agreement on intelligent transport systems (ITS) that will allow the authorities in Singapore to co-operate with the European Commission in areas such as applying ITS solutions for land and urban transport. The EU Transport Commissioner and Minister Lui also witnessed the signing of a second agreement between the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on aviation safety. At the same time, a third agreement was signed between the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking and the CAAS to explore ways to co-operate on air traffic management.

[Speech on European aviation: challenges, cooperation and the way ahead]

[Speech on Europe and southeast Asia: transport partners for the way ahead]

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Background

112

112 day: 74 % of Europeans don't know what emergency number to call when travelling in the EU. New campaign

Whether for skiing holidays, family days out, business travel or visits to this summer's sporting events, including the London Olympics or Euro 2012 UEFA football in Poland and Ukraine, millions of Europeans and visitors need access to emergency services in and outside their home country. Yet only 34% of regular travellers and 26% of all Europeans know that 112 is the single emergency number they can call, both in and outside their home country when in trouble.

Many major rail, air and other transport companies have joined Vice Presidents Neelie Kroes and Siim Kallas in a campaign to raise 112 awareness rates. The emergency number will be publicised without cost to taxpayers on e-tickets, in on-board magazines, on their company websites and through their staff. The list of participating companies can be consulted on www.112.eu.

Vice Presidents Kroes and Kallas have decided to work together to ensure every European can access a 112 smartphone app, in their own language. In recent years many 112 mobile apps have been developed, but much more can be done in this field.

Vice President Neelie Kroes said "You can save a life by knowing and dialing 112. But 112 only helps if people know about it. So we are working with travel companies to catch attention while people are en route to their destination."

Vice President Siim Kallas said "I welcome the commitment of the transport sector in Europe to make every traveller aware of the 112 emergency number. 112 is an essential safety tool in transport. The list of participating companies will be open all year long and judging from the interest shown, many more companies are likely to follow."

If passengers are to have a real alternative, we must create a European railway area, where railway operators are able to provide their services across borders. Rail entities which one could call "pan-European".

Background

112 is the European emergency number, reachable from fixed and mobile phones, free of charge, everywhere in the EU. 112 links the caller to the relevant emergency service (local police, fire brigade or medical services) and is available 24-hours a day. 112 is now operational in all EU member states alongside existing national emergency numbers (like 999 or 110). Denmark, Finland, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Sweden, and have decided to make 112 their sole or main national emergency number. 112 is also being used in countries outside the EU, such as in Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey. Ukraine has also committed to introduce this number in the cities which will host Euro 2012 football matches (Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kiev and Lviv) by the beginning of the sports event.

The Eurobarometer survey published today shows that Europeans' awareness of the availability of 112 in their country and in other EU Member States is stagnating. To address this issue, Vice-Presidents Kallas and Kroes wrote to the main transport companies on 27 January 2012 calling on them to inform their passengers about the 112 emergency number. This initiative builds on a similar campaign successfully launched by former MEP Diana Wallis last year. It is also supported by the 112 European Foundation.

Mobile phone applications – apps – are computer software developed for mobile phones that help users complete a task. They can be pre-installed on phones by manufacturers and are available for purchase and download through "app stores".

A report on how each Member State is implementing 112 (also issued today) gives a snapshot of the different languages to which 112 call centres can respond

  • English can be used in 25 countries (besides UK, Ireland and Malta): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden, as well as Croatia, Iceland and Norway.
  • 14 countries (besides Belgium, France and Luxembourg) can deal with calls in French: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
  • German can be used in 112 calls in 12 countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Romania (in addition to Austria, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg)
  • Italian speakers can also make 112 calls in their native language in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.
  • Russian speakers can get help over 112 in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
  • In the UK, emergency call centres can rely on interpretation services covering 170 languages, while in France a similar service can deal with 40 languages;

Useful links

112 website (available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish): http://www.112.eu

Transport companies and organisations participating in the 112 promotion campaign

How 112 works in my country:

Kids' corner (available in all 23 official EU languages):

Full report and summary of Eurobarometer "The European Emergency Number 112" and COCOM report and annex on the implementation of 112:

Digital Agenda website

Neelie Kroes' website

Siim Kallas' website

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Appointment of the European ITS Advisory Group

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Pursuant to Article 16 of Directive 2010/40/EU, the Commission has set up, in its Decision of 4 May 2011 (2011/C 135/03), the group of experts on Intelligent Transport Systems (the European ITS Advisory Group).

On 27 January 2012, the members of the European ITS Advisory Group have been appointed by Mr. Matthias Ruete, Director-General for Mobility and Transport DG.

The list of members is available on the Register of Commission Expert Groups. The task of the European ITS advisory Group is to advise the Commission on business and technical aspects of the deployment and use of ITS in the Union. The group is composed of 25 members from relevant ITS services providers, associations of users, transport and facilities operators, manufacturing industry, social partners, professional associations, local authorities and other relevant fora.

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