Germany is currently studying the potential integration of AMBER Alerts into its national emergency alert system, spurred by the recent case of six-year-old Arian. AMBER Alerts are critical notifications for missing children believed to be in imminent danger, using various communication channels to quickly disseminate information.

The U.S. Model: A Blueprint for Europe
In the U.S., the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system integrates AMBER Alerts, reaching nearly 100% of the population through Cell Broadcast, apps, public screens, TV, and radio. This model ensures maximum efficiency and minimal dependence on traditional telecom providers, reducing single points of failure and costs.

Why Europe Should Follow Suit
1. Maximized Reach: Integration ensures the widest possible dissemination of alerts.
2. Cost Efficiency: Reduces costs compared to traditional telecom methods, such as SMS.
3. Existing Capabilities: Many European countries already have systems based on the U.S. model, making it easier to activate this feature.

Side Note: Some systems are not based on Cell Broadcast and use either location-specific SMS or a combination of both. For more information, visit

Source: EENAA

AMBER Alert Europe’s Role
AMBER Alert Europe has long advocated for integrating AMBER Alerts into national emergency systems. The organization has been instrumental in establishing and enhancing AMBER Alert systems in various countries, including Poland, the UK, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Malta, and Slovakia, by offering crucial training and technical guidance.

With support from the European Parliament for its general mission, AMBER Alert Europe continues to push for improved protection of missing children. The integration of AMBER Alerts with national emergency systems aligns with this goal, ensuring that alerts reach the maximum audience swiftly and efficiently.

According to AMBER Alert Europe statistics, over 300,000 children go missing every year in Europe, with 100,000 cases reported within the EU. Integrating AMBER Alerts into national emergency systems would bridge the fundamental rights gap and ensure missing children receive the attention and resources they need.

For more information on national AMBER Alerts and efforts to improve child protection in Europe, visit

Germany’s exploration of integrating AMBER Alerts with its national emergency system is a promising development that could serve as a model for Europe. This integration maximizes the reach and efficiency of alerts, upholding the fundamental rights of children across the EU. It is time for all European countries to adopt this approach, ensuring no child is left unprotected.

For more details, you can read the full article on Germany’s considerations here and further information on bridging the gap for missing children here.