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Published on 10-02-12

Knowing the 112 emergency number could prove especially important this summer when sport fans travel to the UEFA football championships being held in Poland and the Ukraine.  It could also be a lifesaver for people visiting the UK for the Olympic Games.

    The 112 number works in every member state alongside the various national numbers like the UK's 999 and this will not change, but new European Commission figures reveal just 13 per cent of those surveyed in the UK know 112 is the telephone number to call in an emergency anywhere in Europe.  Across Europe, only 26% of those asked knew about the number.

     Today the Commission announced that British Airways, easyJet and other major transport companies and organisations across Europe have teamed-up in an awareness campaign and will include the 112 number on e-tickets, in onboard magazines and on their websites.

    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 (police, fire brigade or ambulance, mountain rescue and coastguard) 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, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Romania and Malta 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 (Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Lviv) by the beginning of the sports event.


    The Eurobarometer poll was undertaken to mark European 112 Day (11 February) which was established in 2009 involving the Commission, European Parliament and member states to help spread the word about the common emergency number.

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