Issue n° 170 - 04 April 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

Seat belt

Road safety: Second good year in a row puts Europe firmly on track towards target

2013 is the second year in a row that saw an impressive decrease in the number of people killed on Europe's roads. According to preliminary figures, the number of road fatalities has decreased by 8% compared to 2012, following the 9% decrease between 2011 and 2012. This means that the EU is now in a good position for reaching the strategic target of halving road deaths between 2010 and 2020. Road safety is one of the big success stories of Europe. The 17% decrease since 2010 means that some 9000 lives have been saved.

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Memo - Working together for safer roads in Europe: 10 highlights of Commission road safety work 2010-2014

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Commissioner's corner

Speech: Europe's railways at a junction: the future for freight

"The Commission has great ambitions for rail. These are for rail to achieve its full growth potential, to make it faster, more punctual, efficient and reliable. To achieve all that, rail services need to be customer-driven. This is the key for success in both freight and passenger transport."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

8 billion

26 Billion euro in funding will be provided by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to transform today’s patchwork of roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified trans-European transport network.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Sergio Paolo, Francesco Silvestris (PPE)

(12 February 2014)

Subject: Awareness of road safety training

The night of 10 February witnessed one more in a long line of tragic road accidents. In Milan a white van ran over a boy of just 10, who is now in a coma. The driver abandoned the van a few metres beyond the accident and ran off, but was caught by the police several hours later.

The subject of road safety training remains of primary importance in Europe, together, despite the targets so far achieved, with the objective of halving the number of road accident victims by 2010, currently standing at ‐42%.

In view of the above, can the Commission specify the following:

  1. Has it adopted any instruments or guidelines aimed at reinforcing road safety training in Member States?
  2. Does it intend to define new objectives in terms of the reduction of the number of road accident victims?

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