Mobility and transport

EU Road Safety - Results conference

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20 APRIL 2021, 09:00 – 12:30

The EU Road Safety Results Conference is an opportunity to engage with EU Member State authorities and all stakeholders on the progress being made with implementing the Safe System approach. In particular, it will allow participants to learn how work towards the Key Performance Indicators set out in the Next Steps Towards Vision Zero policy framework is moving forward. It will also offer a forum for analysis and exchange between senior EU policy makers and the wider European road safety community.





  • Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General, DG MOVE, European Road Safety Coordinator



  • Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport



  • Elena Kountoura MEP



  • Claire Depré, Head of Unit, Road Safety, DG MOVE



  • Moderated by Henrik Hololei, Director General, DG MOVE
  • Elena Kountoura MEP
  • Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director, European Transport Safety Council
  • Malina Kroumova, Chairperson, State Agency for Road Safety, Bulgaria 
  • Denis Cusack, Director, Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Ireland






What is the impact of inappropriate speed on Europe’s roads? What can be done to improve the situation?

  • Alfonso Gil, Deputy Mayor of Bilbao and Council Coordinator for Mobility, Environment, Urban Regeneration and Healthy Development Policies
  • Koen Ricour, Chief Commissioner, Director, Belgian Federal Highway Police



What is the state of play with drink and drug-driving in Europe? How should it evolve? Why are some Member States doing better than others? What are the policy implications?

  • Manuelle Salathé, Secretary General, Observatoire national interministériel de sécurité routière (ONISR) (FR) 
  • José Fernando Guilherme, Road Safety and Fleet Energy Rationalization, CTT (PT)



How is the situation evolving regarding driver distraction, for instance with mobile phones? Why are some Member States doing better than others? What are the policy implications?

  • Veronika Valentova, Director of Traffic Engineering, Road Safety and Strategy Division, CDV (CZ) 
  • Tjark Kreuzinger, Senior Manager Safety Research & Technical Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe



Feedback from the breakout sessions

  • Speed: Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, Polis 
  • Alcohol: Maria Seguí Gomez, Independent consultant
  • Distraction: Jonathon Passmore, Programme Manager - Violence and Injury Prevention
  • WHO Regional Office for Europe



  • Matthew Baldwin




Adina Vălean

Photo of Adina VăleanAdina Vălean is the European Commissioner for Transport. Previously she has served as Member of the European Parliament where she has held posts as Chairwoman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, European Parliament, Member of the Conference of Committee Chair, Chairwoman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Member of the European People’s Party Political Assembly. In the period 1014 – 2017, she was Vice-President of the European Parliament. Prior to that, she has been Member of the Chamber of Deputies in the Romanian Parliament.




Elena Kountoura

Photo of Elena KountouraElena Kountoura is coordinator of the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament. She was elected Member for Greece, with the SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Party in May 2019. Previously, she had served as Minister of Tourism of Greece from January 2015 to May 2019, and has been recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in the field of tourism, including:

  • - “Tourism Minister of the Year 2019” global award in ITB Berlin 
  • - “Global Champion 2019” award for Destination Stewardship, by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
  • - “Tourism Strategy and Resilience 2019” global award, by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPTI). 

She had been elected six times Member of the Greek Parliament from 2004 to 2019 (1st District of Athens), having participated in several Parliamentary Committees and Groups.


Henrik Hololei

Photo of Henrik HololeiHenrik Hololei is an economist by training and holds degrees from Tallinn Technical University and Aarhus University in Denmark. He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004. He was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union. In 2001-2002, he was Minister of Economy. In 2004, he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas until 2013, when he became Deputy Secretary General. In October 2015, he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission.




Matthew Baldwin

Photo of Matthew BaldwinMatthew Baldwin is Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE and was appointed on 2 October 2018 as European Coordinator for road safety and sustainable mobility. These issues are now the main focus of his professional activities. He is also managing the Commission’s network of COVID-19 transport contact points with a particular focus on helping find a coordinated, safe and sustainable way out of the crisis. In his Commission career of more than 20 years, he has served in the cabinets of President Barroso, Commissioner Lamy, and Commissioner Hill, the last as Head of Cabinet.  He has also been Director of Market Access and Industry in DG Trade and Director of Aviation in DG MOVE.  He is of Italian and British nationality, has two sons, speaks English, French and Italian and lives in Brussels.



Claire Depré

Photo of Claire DepréClaire Depré, Head of Unit, Road Safety, DG MOVE. Before joining the Commission in 2001, Claire Depré worked in the European Parliament with responsibilities encompassing industry, research and ICT. After a few years as assistant to the Director-General of Mobility and Transport, Claire was appointed as Head of Unit for Intelligent Transport Systems in 2013. In 2016, the unit expanded to include urban mobility and alternative fuels infrastructure policy. As of January 2021, together with her team she supports making Vision Zero a reality.




Antonio Avenoso

Photo of Antonio AvenosoAntonio Avenoso, Executive Director, European Transport Safety Council has two decades of experience in the field of road safety policy, with 12 years as Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council. He represents ETSC on high-level groups and is a regular keynote speaker at road safety conferences in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Mr Avenoso has extensive professional experience of working groups involving large numbers of stakeholders including the ETSC Main Council, which encompasses members of some 60 organisations. He has also worked in the “Railway and Interoperability Unity” of the Directorate General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission. He holds an academic degree cum laude in Political Science from the University of Pavia and an M.Phil. in European Studies from the University of Cambridge.



Malina Kroumova

Photo of Malina KroumovaMalina Kroumova has graduated Political Science and International Relations from American University in Bulgaria. Holds a master’s degree from a joint program in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe of the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo.

Since 1998, she was active in project and program management including in the Bulgarian Government. In the past she held positions as Deputy Minister of Environment and Water; Deputy Prime Minister for European Funds; Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works; Adviser of the Prime Minister. 

In 2019, she became the first Chairperson of the Bulgarian State Agency Road Safety.



Denis Cusack

Photo of Denis CusackDenis Cusack, Director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety in Ireland qualified as a medical doctor from University College Dublin, Ireland and trained in postgraduate clinical medicine in General Internal Medicine & Diabetes/Endocrinology in hospitals in Ireland and Boston, USA. He then qualified as Barrister-at-Law (Advocate) from the Kings Inns, Dublin and practised in the Irish Courts as Barrister, particularly in the area of medical and healthcare law. He also continued in clinical practice in Internal Medicine and developed and continued his medical specialty practice and training in Forensic and Legal Medicine. He is Director (Head) of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, the national forensic intoxicant laboratory for Ireland and Senior Coroner for the District of Kildare in Ireland. He currently serves as President of the European Council of Legal Medicine and Vice-President of the International Academy of Legal Medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the International Criminal Court and serves on a number of other expert committees on Road Safety and Forensic Medicine. He is Founding Consultant Editor of the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland; a Past President of the Coroners Society of Ireland; and Past President of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland. He continues on the Councils of both of those bodies. His specialist and research interests and publications include forensic medicine, intoxicated driving, road traffic medicine, forensic death investigation, medico-legal issues in healthcare practice and medical ethics and professionalism.

Alfonso Gil

Photo of Alfonso GilAlfonso Gil is the Deputy Mayor and Coordinator of Mobility, Environment, Housing, Urban Regeneration and Healthy Development Policies of the Bilbao City Council. He also serves as President of the Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Road Safety Commission of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Vice President of the Board of the Network of Cities for the Bicycle, member of the Basque Council for Local Public Policies and of the Basque Local Government Commission and member of the Higher Council for Traffic, Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT). In 2020 he was awarded by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) with the medal of merit for road safety in its bronze category with Blue Badge, for extending the limit of 30 km/h to the entire city.



Koen Ricour

Photo of Koen RicourKoen Ricour is Chief Commissioner and Director of the Belgian Federal Highway Police. He  is also Co-President of the Steering Committee Police Knowledge Centre for Road Traffic and represents Belgium in the ROADPOL Council. Previously he has served as Functional Director of the Federal Highway Police, Head of Policy Department of the Federal Highway Police, Member of the Strategical Committee of the Federal Highway Police, Member of the Steering Committee Police Knowledge Centre for Road Traffic; Traffic Programme Manager for the National Security Plan 2012-2015 for the Integrated Police; Teacher of the Course ‘Traffic Policy’ at the Police Commissioners’ Academy; and Liaison Officer between the Federal Minister of Mobility and the Operational Staff Officer of the Federal Highway Police. He holds a master degree in Criminology, which has topped up his Military Sciences degree.



Manuelle Salathé

Photo of Manuelle SalathéManuelle Salathé, Secretary General, Observatoire national interministériel de sécurité routière (ONISR) (FR) has been Head of the French Road Safety Observatory since 2012, advisor to the Road Safety Director. She leads the network of Local Road Safety Observatories in order to build, check and analyse the French Road Safety Database. She is also in charge of the Road Safety research and studies strategy and programme of research projects and evaluations. 

As a senior civil servant and road civil engineer from the high level Schools Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, she worked in road operations, road safety improvement schemes and partnerships, and major road projects for both local and national road networks ; for 10 years in France and 5 years in England (with the Highways Agency, now Highways England). 

She is Care expert for the European Commission, and France expert at IRTAD-OECD.


José Fernando Guilherme

Photo of José Fernando GuilhermeJosé Fernando Guilherme, is head of Road Safety and Fleet Energy Rationalization for CTT, the national postal services of Portugal. He has carried out various functions and challenges in road safety and in the rationalization of energy in transport, transportation and vehicles with alternative fuels. He has coordinated the FREVUE project in the CTT, a European project for electric cargo vehicles in urban logistics financed by the EU (2012 - 2017).

The CTT road safety program received the "Excellence in road safety 2017" award from the European Union, PRAISE 2018 from the ETSC and other awards. In 2019 he has received two significant prizes - "Manager with purpose" awarded by Instituto PARAR do Brasil and joint "Manager of the Year" awarded by "Fleet Magazine".



Veronika Valentová

Photo of Veronika ValentováVeronika Valentová became Director of Traffic Engineering, Road Safety and Strategy Division in January 2018. She has been with the Transport Research Centre for ten years. She is responsible for dozens of research projects. Recent strategic projects included the Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 (in close collaboration with the Ministry of Transport), a catalogue of public roads for testing of autonomous vehicles,  and the national traffic census 2020. She is an experienced researcher, road safety auditor and road designer. Her vision is to fulfil Vision Zero by the creation of safe and sustainable mobility for all. 




Karen Vancluysen

Photo of Karen VancluysenKaren Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of Polis in September 2014, after having been the network's Research Director for 8 years. Prior to joining POLIS in 2004, she was Network Manager at ACCESS-EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture and project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, she has been involved in urban mobility networking, innovation and policy activities as well as a wide range of European urban transport research projects. She speaks English, Dutch and French.




Maria Seguí Gomez

Photo of Maria Seguí GomezMaria Seguí Gomez, Independent consultant

Since 1993 her work focuses on both improving the understanding of the magnitude of burden that accidents create on the population as well as in improving our understanding on the risk or protective factors that modify such burden. Even though she has worked with several unintentional injury types, it is motor vehicle injuries that have anchored most of her wok. In addition, she has evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to eradicate or control the health consequences of these accidents. Most of her work has been published and presented in scientific and non-scientific forums. In recent years, she has worked as a government official directing and managing Spanish government institutions. Currently, she continues to promote health and safety as an international consultant, with particular attention to safe and sustainable mobility. ‘’Mobility patterns need to undergo major transformation in coming years to eliminate the terrible ill-health consequences they have generated: injuries, pollution- noise- and stress-related health consequences.’’


Jonathon Passmore

Photo of Jonathon PassmoreJonathon Passmore, Programme Manager - Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO Regional Office for Europe is an Australian injury prevention specialist who has worked for the World Health Organization exclusively on road safety for the past 16 years. 

With country specific postings in China and Viet Nam and in WHO’s regions for the Western Pacific and Europe, Jonathon currently oversees all technical support and engagement with intersectoral national counterparts in the 53 member states of the European Region.  

A safe systems purist and advocate, Jonathon is currently supporting the development (and eventual implementation) of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 as well as scaling up new engagements with road policing agencies, cities and parliamentarians as core partners to reaching the Vision Zero objective  


Tjark Kreuzinger

Photo of Tjark KreuzingerTjark Kreuzinger completed his Doctor degree in Mechanics in 2005 at the Aachen University where he also graduated in 1997. He was employed at BASt, Germany as Researcher where he was the German representative in regulatory Working Groups and responsible for EU Research projects in the areas of Passive Safety/Injury Biomechanics. Since 2002, he is working for Toyota in changing areas and is now a Senior Manager of the Safety Research & Technical Communication Department of Toyota Motor Europe in its R&D Headquarter in Brussels, Belgium. He is responsible for Research, Pre-Development and Technical Communication on Vehicle Safety. He and his team are involved in several road safety research collaboration projects and EU sponsored projects on Passive/Active Safety and ADAS/AD.




Web Streaming


Conference Plenary and Breakout Session on Speed:

Breakout session on alcohol:

Breakout session on distraction:




Breakout session 1: Speed

Breakout session 2: Alcohol

Breakout session 3: Distraction