Skip directly to content

Europe News

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

29 April 2014

Brussels - Press release from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)

Transport safety campaigners are calling on the European Union to accelerate progress on reducing the number of people killed in cars every year in the EU, as new research shows 12,345 car occupants were fatally injured in 2012.

The report into trends in car occupant safety, published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), found that 900 lives could be saved every year in the EU if car manufacturers were required to fit seat-belt reminder sensors to front and rear passenger seats to help prevent

'Forum of Good Practice in Road Safety', Romania

28 October 2013

GRSP Romania this month conducted the 'Forum of Good Practice in Road Safety' in Bucharest for an influential group of participants representing lead road safety bodies, civil society and the private sector.

In opening the forum, Mr Eric Faidy, GRSP Romania President, shed light on the scope of the road traffic crisis in Romania, stating: 'Annually, there are nearly 2400 deaths caused by road crashes generating huge losses at both the social and economic level. Here in Romania, road accidents are now the most common cause of death after heart attacks'.

Mr Mircea Steriu from the European

GRSP Hungary forms strategic partnership wth Hungarian Tyre Association

27 September 2013

In another example of private sector engagement in road safety, a strategic partnership agreement has been signed between the Hungarian Tyre Association (HTA) and the GRSP Hungary. One objective of the cooperation between the two organizations is to engage in joint programmes with the aim of broadening the knowledge of drivers with a focus on road safety.

“At first we would like to better understand the tyre using habits of drivers. We'll also provide basic facts on tyre performance.” said Péter Morenth, Executive Chairman of HTA (pictured, seated on left). “We anticipate that an early

Crossing Borders – Follow the Traffic Rules

20 August 2013

Drivers across the European Union will face sanctions for breaking traffic laws even when driving in a foreign country. “Traffic laws apply to all drivers, regardless of the country where their vehicle is registered,” said Antonio Avenoso, European Traffic Safety Council (ETSC)  Executive Director.

The message is simple: as a driver, you would not break the traffic laws in your home country. You know the authorities can access your information through a database of registered vehicles and thus send a fine at your home.

Nestle collaborates with bpa to enhance its ‘Safe Driving’ programme

28 March 2013

An early adopter of advanced fleet safety policies, GRSP member and Swiss multi-national Nestle, developed its ‘Safe Driving’ programme in 2008 in alignment with work then being undertaken by European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and its PRAISE project (Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees).  The result for Nestle was a programme that defines a strategy for risk management based on known techniques, identifies and analyzes risks and threats related to road traffic, and implements global road safety programmes for the various branches of the organization

Press Release: European Project '2MOVE2' Launched

26 March 2013

STUTTGART: Better mobility in European cities: CIVITAS '2MOVE2' project launched

CIVITAS is an EU initiative for supporting and evaluating the implementation of integrated sustainable and energy efficient urban transport strategies in European cities. The current phase (CIVITAS PLUS II) focuses on designing, implementing and testing innovative strategies for sustainable urban transport aiming a small number of well defined, integrated projects.

The measures in the participating cities range from energy efficient vehicles and ICT tools for traffic management to the promotion of soft modes,

Building bridges of understanding for road safety in Slovenia

7 May 2012

By Robert Štaba

In the near future, Slovenia will have to deal with the challenge of creating a coordinated and stable road safety system at the national, regional and local levels. Effective collaboration among road safety stakeholders is critical in order to meet this challenge.

Shell wins PRAISE Annual Awards for Road Safety

25 April 2012

In a ceremony held in Brussels on 25 April, Royal Dutch Shell, one the largest worldwide oil companies and an active partner of the Global Road Safety Partnership, received the PRAISE Annual Award for Road Safety in the category of large companies. “Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees” (PRAISE) is a project run by the non-profit European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), which aims to increase road safety in the work context. It awards good practices in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees.

“It is a great honor to receive

Annual PRAISE Seminar

24 March 2012

The past few years, the Global Road Safety Partnership has worked closely with the European Transport Safety Counctil (ETSC) to run the annual PRAISE seminar. The ETSC project, Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees (PRAISE), aims to increase road safety in the work context. ETSC’s project aims to “praise” best practices in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. This year, in cooperation with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the ETSC invites you to its annual PRAISE Seminar in Brussels.  


Making a "safe start in a journey of life"

14 December 2011

In November, a campaign titled "First car seat - Safe start in a journey of life" was launched in Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine. The campaign was initiated by Raben Group and the Global Road Safety Partnership, and is currently supported by several organisations including the Sesame Workshop, a partner of GRSP. Local divisions of the Global Road Safety Partnership including GRSP Hungary and GRSP Poland, as well as GRSP's partner in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Road Safety Partnership (URSA), are implementing national campaigns in each country.

The project initially developed as Raben Group - for

SOL: Training the trainers - from Central Europe to South East Asia

28 February 2012

By Kathleen Elsig

Road crash death and injury effect people around the world each day. In communities both large and small, from Europe and Africa to Asia and the Americas, initiatives are being implemented which aim to prevent road crashes and their serious consequences. Oftentimes, these initiatives are not only low-cost, but they are also fueled by dedicated individuals and professionals. Recently, the Save Our Lives project with guidance from the Global Road Safety Partnership, has made efforts to strengthen the capacity of communities in implementing road safety interventions, through

Road safety partnerships growing in Ukraine

30 January 2012

By Margarita Plotnikova

On 7 December 2011, the Ukrainian Road Safety Association (URSA) identified the Global Road Safety Partnership as one of its six partners, presenting the Partnership with an annual award for road safety action and promotion of partnerships in Ukraine. The award was an instrumental part of efforts to the lay the groundwork for the UN Decade of Action.  

The awards ceremony was organised by the URSA, and included several prominent Ukrainian politicians, ambassadors of neighbouring countries, representatives of international and national organisations, business

WHO article shows how Sakhalin partnership made seat-belts "cool"

14 September 2009

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization recently featured a comprehensive seat-belt campaign developed by the Sakhalin Road Safety Partnership (SRSP) that has dramatically increased seat-belt use and yielded evidence of reduced traffic-related injury.

Entitled "Buckling up is 'cool' on Russian Island," the article describes how a fatal crash in 2004 led to creation of  SRSP, which later spearheaded a multi-faceted education and enforcement campaign that has increased seat-belt use on the island from 3 percent in 2005 to 80 percent in 2008.

The programme is being undertaken by SRSP in

Japanese wisdom inspires vision for road safety in Central Europe

22 March 2011

In Japanese culture there is a proverb: "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."  The statement resonated recently with thirteen partners from the road safety project, Save Our Lives (SOL), as they worked to create a common vision to address road safety in Central Europe.

During an interactive group session, Save Our Lives partners from eight countries discussed how the "vision" of an organization can inspire action and align individuals to cooperate around a common goal. The end result was SOL's vision - A region free of road-crash death and injury, safe

Romania Red Cross links road safety to First Aid training

15 March 2011

Typically, there is a gap of time between the moment a road-crash happens and when paramedics arrive. Those few minutes can be critical, even life saving, but how many people know what should be done? 

The Romania Red Cross, a partner of the Global Road Safety Partnership-Romania, is working to address this issue by offering First Aid training to local communities. The aim is to compliment the efforts of the paramedics and other local organisations that offer support after an accident and organize blood donations.

"The trainings are run by the Romania Red Cross, and available for anyone in