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Excellence in road safety, six best practices awarded

  07.11.2008    

The Excellence in Road Safety Awards ceremony recognises six unmistakeably exemplary and effective initiatives devised by Charter signatories. For the third consecutive year, the European Road Safety Charter will celebrate this community in action, which already comprises more than 1,200 signatories and offers a unique space for dialogue and exchange.
The awards ceremony will be chaired by Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President Responsible for Transport Policy, European Commission. On this occasion, six Charter signatories will receive a distinction for their contribution to safer roads in Europe. The award-winners are: 

– Large companies and multinationals: FirstGroup PLC (United Kingdom)
– Small and medium-sized enterprises: A.E.K. Football Club (Greece)
– Federations and associations: Madrid Association of Roadside Assistance Companies (Spain)
– Institutions: Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
– Non-governmental organisations: Qrendi Scout Group (Malta)
– Regions and cities: Braşov City Hall (Romania)

These Charter signatories have adopted a pro-active attitude, contributing to the achievement of a shared goal: improving road safety conditions. At local, regional, national or European level, their commitments have brought a road safety concept to life.
During the event, 16 new large European companies will sign their commitment to the European Road Safety Charter, joining this ever-growing community of road safety practitioners:

- Asigurarea Romaneasca ASIROM - Vienna Insurance Group (Romania)
- Belgacom (Belgium)
- Brembo S.p.A: (Italy)
- British Telecommunications plc (UK)
- Cimpor Indústria de Cimentos, SA (Portugal)
- DHL Express (Ireland) Limited (Ireland)
- General Lab (Spain)
- ILPAP (Greece)
- Kamenitza AD (Bulgaria)
- Novartis Internacional (Switzerland)
- Österreichische Post AG (Austria)
- Red Bull International (Austria)
- Slovenská televízia - Slovak Television (Slovakia)
- Slovenske zeleznice (Slovenia)
- TAP Portugal (Portugal)
- The Electricity Supply Board (Ireland) 

The road safety challenge is huge. In 2007, for the first time since 2001, the number of people killed on European roads has not decreased in comparison with the previous year. On the other hand, the first nine months of 2008 have seen a 10% reduction in the number of fatalities, which confirms the trend in the reduction of the number of victims since 2001. It is therefore time to enhance what we have achieved and work harder than ever.
The event will take place on 12 November 2008 at the Hotel Le Plaza, 116-118, Bd Adolphe Max, theatre entrance, Brussels.



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