European Comission

Newsletter Issue 9, March 2017


European Road Safety Charter

  European Road Safety Charter  


After 12 years, the European Road Safety Charter, with more than 3200 members, is now entering a new phase from 2017 to 2019. The Charter represents today the largest collaborative effort in Europe aimed at improving road safety and is a unique example at the European level of continuous mobilisation.

The Charter has certainly contributed to the reduction of road accident fatalities and has been instrumental in the strategic framework for road safety in the EU for the decade 2010 - 2020. However, the slowdown in reducing causalities registered in recent years calls for the message to be reinforced.

The key message from previous editions of the Charter "Working together to save lives" continues to be highlighted in the communication strategy. But we want to go one step further with a wakeup call to society, asking all sectors to take responsibility and join the effort to help save lives. The new slogan "Our commitment saves lives" claims the need for immediate action and participation in the Charter community. At the same time "saving lives" highlights the ultimate aim and the need for immediate action to continue and extend the work of the Charter in order to keep improving results in our communities.

  European Road Safety Charter  

Highlighted NEWS

A new Call for Good Practices 2017

2017 sees another opportunity to share experience and learn about successful initiatives in the new Call for Good Practices.

A good practice is an implemented action (activities, strategies, methodology, approach, technique, etc.) that has been proven to be successful in addressing a road safety problem.

All Charter members can submit their innovative and effective road safety actions and have the possibility of receiving the Excellence in Road Safety Award.

The next Award ceremony will be held in June 2017. The deadline for submission of your practice is approaching - at the end of March 2017.

If you are interested in submitting your good practice, please contact us at or call +34933670433


Members Activities

This Month’s Featured Charter 2015 Award Winner   This Month’s Featured Charter 2015 Award Winner

The Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport developed a portal and an e-learning traffic safety platform “eDrive academy” to promote safe transport and mobility. The platform provides online road safety and traffic education information to the entire Greek population (e.g. students, parents, teachers, driver instructors, professional drivers and other road users) thus helping the formation of a mature road safety culture and safe travel. This is a pioneering work of the Directorate General for Road Safety (DGRS) of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, since it is the very first time that such an integrated, comprehensive and innovative e-learning traffic education and road safety platform has been developed in Greece.

  The Association for Promoting Insurance in Romania (APPA) organised a campaign focused on increasing Romanian drivers' awareness of the main risks that lead to road accidents: alcohol, tiredness, using mobile phones while driving, the use of drugs as well as the use of medicine affect driving. The "FII TREAZ LA VOLAN!" Campaign (the title can be roughly translated to "Be awake at the wheel!", although in Romanian the expression "be awake" can also refer to being sober, thus adding a double meaning to the campaign's slogan and simultaneously addressing two major issues which affect road safety - alcohol and tiredness) was a national initiative held between the 11 July and 15 September 2016.

Road Safety Conference in Malta
28 - 29 March 2017

The Maltese Presidency, in collaboration with the European Commission, is organising a Stakeholder and Ministerial Conference in Malta on 28 & 29 March 2017, bringing together road safety experts, stakeholders, and policy-makers.

The objective of this conference is to launch a political debate and outline future political direction. A Declaration on Road Safety will be endorsed during the Ministerial Conference.

On 28 March, the day preceding the Ministerial conference, road safety stakeholders will meet together with the Presidency, the Commission and the European Parliament with the aim of proposing actions to improve road safety. The meeting will be held in a participatory form to encourage open discussions around the key pressure points of the road safety system where impact can be maximised for better results. The conclusions from this stakeholder meeting will be presented to transport Ministers on the following day.

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Working together for Safer Roads in the EU


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The new infographic of the European Commission shows that despite the fact that the EU has the safest roads in the world, 70 people are still dying every day. The EU aims to halve the number of fatalities between 2010 and 2020.


The Tasmanian Government and the Road Safety Advisory Council implemented an information campaign focused on the importance of safe-passing distances for cyclists. The idea of strong positive messaging on buses implemented by the Tasmanian Government was very well received.


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