European emergency number:112
Two thirds of the Belgians do not know what the European emergency number is
Two thirds of the Belgians do not know what the European emergency number is.
This has become apparent from a survey carried out by the European Commission. The Commission is calling on the member states to make the number better known.
The 112 emergency number was launched in 1991 but has only been active since 1998. Anyone calling the number anywhere in the European Union will be connected with the local emergency services.
Since 2003 the emergency services have access to information about the incoming calls such as where they are coming from. The idea is to be able to better locate the victims.