Spain taken to court over 112 failures

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Spain’s 112 emergency number comes under scrutiny.
Spain’s 112 emergency number comes under scrutiny. Credit: 123r

Spain, along with Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany and Greece have been taken to EU courts in Brussels for “breaking the rules of emergency number 112, unjustified geographical blocking and cyber security rules”.

The European Commission (EC) opened a case against Spain for multiple breaches in the 2002 guidelines for emergency numbers, especially in regards to usage for disabled and the impaired.

The Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI) brought light to the short comings in the 112 system during a statement released earlier in the year, and the news that the EU will be “forcing” Spain to act has come as a welcome announcement.

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“The emergency telephone number 112 is not accessible to people with sensory disabilities” explained a spokesperson for CERMI.

They went on to explain they feel the reasons for the breaches in regulations are due to the Civil Protection (PC)“ considering the accessibility of the 112 a minor matter.

”Brussels has given the countries involved two months to respond to the allegations and are warned that if the responses do not satisfy the board, action will be taken


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