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Excellence in Road Safety Awards: Commission rewards initiatives in Slovenia, France, the UK, Spain and Hungary

19. September 2018
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8. May 2017 to 14. May 2017
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29. March 2017
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The 2016 road safety statistics released by the Commission on the 28 March 2017 at the Road Safety conference in Malta show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU last year. 25,500 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2016, 600 fewer than in 2015 and 6,000 fewer than in 2010. A further 135,000 people were seriously injured on the road according to Commission's estimates.

Following two years of stagnation, 2016 marks the return of a positive downwards trend and over the last six years, road fatalities have been cut by 19%. While this pace is encouraging, it may nevertheless be insufficient if the EU is to meet its target of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020. This calls for further efforts from all actors and particularly from the national and local authorities, which deliver most of the day-to-day actions, such as enforcement and awareness-raising.

During the conference Transport Ministers of the Member States of the European Union reconfirmed their commitment to improving road safety by endorsing the Valletta Declaration on Road Safety. With this declaration, Transport Ministers have agreed to continue to reinforce measures necessary to reduce the number of road deaths in the the UE by 2020 from the 2010 basline, and enhance cooperation between Member States—including relevant authorities, civil society, research institutes and the private sector—in particular with regard to road safety plans and strategies following a risk-based or an integrated approach.

You can consult the full text of the Valletta declaration and the preliminary country by country statistics for 2016 in the documents below. All the related documents are available on DG Move website and photos of the event are available here.

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9. December 2016

We are pleased to announce the new edition of the European Road Safety Charter for the period 2016 – 2019. We would like to thank you for your contribution over recent years and are pleased to continue working together to save lives on our roads.

The Charter is the largest civil society platform for Road Safety based on real commitments and good practices just like yours.

What can you expect from the Charter in future?

- A new call for good practices will be launched in the coming weeks.

- The next Excellence in Road Safety Awards - the 'Charter Awards' - will be held in June 2017.

- National events for members and potential members will be organised in all EU Member States over the next two years. We look forward to meeting you in person and hearing all about your inspiring work.

- The successful webinars on a variety of road safety topics will continue. We will be in touch about upcoming webinars soon.

- We are also revamping the ERSCharter website to give more visibility to your road safety activities and good practices, the expected launch date is June 2017.

Thank you very much for your support and we look forward to continuing to work together. 

21. May 2015
Online webinar
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2. March 2015
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14. September 2014
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1. July 2014

The 'Road safety & media' webinar took place on 4 June 2014 at 11:00am CET.

Watch here the video recording, on our YouTube channel.

Here below, you can find the agenda and presentations:

  • Intrduction 
    Susanne Lindahl, Policy officer, Road Safety Unit of DG MOVE, European Commission
  • The THINK! Campaign and its media strategy
    Tim Lennon, THINK! senior campaign manager, Department for Transport, UK
  • Media strategy to raise public awareness and influence political decision
    Jean-Yves Salaun, General Delegate, La Prévention Routière, France
  • Events and methods to attract media attention – examples of EYFRS and AVENUE project
    Vassiliki Danelli-Mylona, President, Road Safety Institute "Panos Mylonas"
18. September 2014
online webinar
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