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All country calling codes for the European Union countries start with +3x or +4x. The international access code has been standardised as 00.





Single numbering plan (1996 proposal)

Proposed Country Code: 3

In 1996, the European Commissionmarker proposed the introduction of a single telephone numbering plan, in which all European Union member states would use the code '3'. Calls between member states would no longer require the use of the international access code '00'.

Option 3 : Creation, in addition to providing numbers for special services, of a clear European numbering identity (three digit numbering codes) by using the number "3" to proceed current national country codes (e.g. "333" for France or "344" for the UK). This would liberate up to 50 new country codes within Europe and allow the current codes starting with number "4" to be recycled within the world-wide numbering plan. [542390]

This proposal would have required countries like Germanymarker, the United Kingdommarker, Denmarkmarker and others, whose country codes began with the digit '4', to return these to the International Telecommunication Union. For example, to call a number in Berlinmarker, in Germanymarker:

xxxx xxxx (within Berlin)
030 xxxx xxxx (within Germany)
1 4930 xxxx xxxx (within the EU)
+3 49 30  xxxx xxxx (outside the EU)


Such a scheme would also have affected Spain which uses +34.

Countries like Irelandmarker, Portugalmarker and Finlandmarker, which used codes in the '35x' range, would adopt a different format. For example, to call a number in Dublinmarker, Irelandmarker:

xxxx xxxx (within Dublin)
01 xxxx xxxx (within Ireland)
1 53 1 xxxx xxxx (within the EU)
+3 53 1  xxxx xxxx (outside the EU)


A Green Paper on the proposal was published, but it was felt by many in the industry that the disruption and inconvenience of such a scheme would outweigh any advantages.

The EU proposal should not be confused with the European Telephony Numbering Space (ETNS) scheme, which uses the country code +388, and is intended to complement, rather than replace, existing national numbering plans.

External links

  • http://europa.eu/bulletin/en/9611/p103139.htm
  • http://europa.eu/documents/comm/green_papers/pdf/com96_590.pdf
  • http://www.wtng.info/wtng-reg.html#Europewide
  • http://www.sos112.info/
  • http://www.eena.org/



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