In her speech, Commissioner Reding congratulated Norway for joining Finland, Sweden, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Slovenia and Cyprus in the signature of the MoU.
"This is an important step towards the implementation of the Pan-European eCall service. As the European Parliament stressed in its recently approved report, it is important that all Member States sign the MoU as soon as possible, in order to demonstrate a clear commitment to the implementation of eCall to other stakeholders. I would like to encourage all the Member States to join Norway and the other European countries that already signed the eCall MoU. eCall is for the benefit of the European citizens."
In the event of a crash, eCall technology will call the emergency services at a “Public Service Answering Point” (PSAP), and report your exact location. An eCall may be triggered automatically, or manually, by someone in the vehicle. Accurate location information will drastically cut emergency response time, thus saving lives and reducing the severity of the injuries.