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Road Safety Awards: Commission rewards initiatives in Greece, France, Portugal, Romania and Sweden

Road Safety Awards: Commission rewards initiatives in Greece, France, Portugal, Romania and Sweden

26/06/2017

At a ceremony in Bucharest, the European Commission presented today the Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2017 to five winners. This prize recognises commitments to road safety that have a significant impact on saving lives on Europe's roads.

Awards went to

  • the Heracles Group of Companies, a member of LafargeHolcim (Greece),
  • the Ville de Martigues (France),
  • the CTT Correios de Portugal,
  • the Romanian Automobile Club, and
  • the Motorförarnas Helnykterhetsförbund (Sweden).

For the second time, a special prize was dedicated to Jacques Barrot, former Transport Commissioner and ardent supporter of road safety. The Romanian Automobile Club was selected by the audience present at the ceremony from among the five winners.

Violeta Bulc said: "While road safety is our common goal, national and local actors are best placed to design solutions to meet national and local road safety challenges, through innovative measures, through tougher action against dangerous drivers and through better education and awareness-raising. The Excellence in Road Safety Award is a unique opportunity to reward the best practice, to recognise the hard work all of you are doing on a daily basis and to raise awareness about this great project in Europe and beyond."

Recently, annual road safety statistics published by the European Commission showed that after two years of stagnation, 2016 brought a positive turn by reducing road fatalities on EU roads by 2% compared to the previous year. Even though European roads remain the safest in the world, there are still 25 500 people a year losing their lives in road crashes and about 135 000 sustaining serious road traffic injuries.

There are three main areas where there is still a big room for improvement: education, enforcement and the use of new technologies in finding new solutions to existing problems. The Commission evaluated the good practices submitted to the Charter Awards on this basis, and rewarded those practices that offer the most effective and innovative solutions for better road safety results.

The Awards are part of the European Road Safety Charter, launched by the Commission in 2004, the largest civil society platform on road safety in Europe. Today it includes more than 3 400 signatories, most of them with concrete road safety action plans.

 

Meet the winners of the Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2017