Mr. Damir Trut, the general director of the Croatian National Protection and Rescue Directorate signed the MoU on 20 December. Croatia is the first candidate country to sign the eCall MoU, and it is also involved in the pilot project to pre-deploy the eCall service in Europe.
"eCall" is a live-saving system in the cars. eCall automatically dials Europe's single emergency number 112 in case of a severe crash and transfers the exact location of the accident and other essential information to the nearest emergency service. It is estimated that eCall could save up to 5% of road fatalities per year when fully deployed and mitigate the consequences of severe accidents in around 10% of cases due to quick communication and timely reaction by the emergency services.
Twenty three European countries have signed the MoU so far: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain and The Netherlands, as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The Russian Federation has also indicated their willingness to cooperate with the eCall initiative.