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Pan-European 112 emergency number a reality

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Citizens across all European Union countries can now access emergency services by dialling 112, the single European emergency number. The pan-European number became a reality in all EU states when Bulgaria became the last EU country to start providing the service. Now that 112 can be called from any phone in Bulgaria, it has achieved complete availability just before the Christmas period when thousands of people travel between EU countries. “112 working everywhere in the EU is a nice present to all Europeans, and the timing is perfect: during the holiday season of hectic travel people will spend a lot of time in other EU countries. From now on I expect 112 to be an essential travel companion for holiday makers in every corner of the EU,” said Viviane Redding, the EU Telecoms Commissioner. Redding added: “There is still work to be done by the EU Member States, but the first target of having a single emergency number has been achieved.” The single European emergency number 112 is now fully available in Bulgaria

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