Over in South-Eastern Europe, the first Bulgarian Road Safety Forum with international participation was held on December 4, 2013 in "Serdika" hall of the Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan.
More than a hundred experts from Bulgaria, Belgium, Hungary, Greece and the Netherlands took part in the forum. The chosen theme for 2013 was "Road Safety - Challenges and Solutions". We have tried to minimize the handling of dry statistics in the program and involve less discussed issues concerning infrastructure (road safety audit), insurance ("bonus-malus" system), economics (financial impact of the problem), ISO 39001:2012 (safety certification), and innovations in the field of prevention of risks on the road.
Interesting conclusions regarding the EYFRS follow-up: Future collaborations with Road Traffic Police forces, through Open Youth, will be seriously encouraged, such as on collaborating on the EYFRS enforcement conclusions. Open Youth indeed maintains excellent working relationship with the Commissioner Anton Antonov, Head of "Traffic Police", Directorate General "National Police", Ministry of Internal Affairs, entitled "Prevention and control – challenges and development".
Mr. Daniel Vankov (EYFRS Bulgarian Youth Delegate & Chairman of the NGO "Open Youth Bulgaria"): "We need to be more and more creative in securing funding for prevention of traffic related risks on the road, because the issue is becoming less "sexy" on European level".