On the occasion of the European Road Safety Day, the European Commission, together with the French Presidency, organised a conference in Paris. The conference brought together high-level representatives involved in the issue: Antonio Tajani, the Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Jacques Barrot, the Vice-President responsible for justice, freedom and security (and former Transport Commissioner), as well as Dominique Bussereau, the French Minister of State responsible for transport, and Altero Matteoli, the Italian Transport Minister.
Commissioner Tajani drew the attention to road safety in urban areas: ‘Two thirds of all road accidents and one third of fatal accidents occur in urban areas. This is why we have decided to devote this second European Road Safety Day to road safety in our cities. The event provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness among European citizens about this issue’.
The Paris conference covered three main issues:
- the needs of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and users of two-wheeled vehicles;
- designing cities to improve road safety;
- improving the behaviour of individuals to develop a culture of preventing accidents.
Several CEOC members are involved in car inspection and therefore contribute to making roads safer in Europe and beyond.