The meetings were chaired by the European Commission's Directorate General Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) and its institutional rules were laid down in the group's ToR (DG INFSO 2002a).
In fact, ACEA already proposed in 2004 to add more representatives from key stakeholder groups and to "kick out dead weight" - participants who attended as observers to merely gain information and insight without providing such themselves (DG INFSO 2004a).
Presumably as a consequence of this decision, Belgacom withdrew from the chairmanship and eCall DG as a whole in 2004 (DG INFSO 2004b: 2).
Despite their low participation, the European Commission justifies the choice of eCall that it "was requested by the European PSAPs" because various private solutions had only gained a very low penetration of the market (DG INFSO 2008) and the emergency call could obviously not be operated as a private industry solution-only.
After DG INFSO published a study claiming a positive business case for the whole of Europe in 2004, the British Department for Transport (DfT) commissioned a study on the potential effect of eCall in its specific national context.
DG INFSO maintains that the figures used to calculate the British study were faulty and thus, the UK should reconsider its position (European Commission 2008a: 3) and in 2010 Commissioner Kroes stated that the DfT had created a Task Force "to revisit the case and study the way forward towards eCall deployment" (European Parliament 2010).
It is supported not only by DG INFSO but also by DG Energy and Transport (lead), DG Research, DG Enterprise and Industry and DG Environment.
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