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The European Union: emerging as a key driver in global road safety?

9 May 2012

The European Union is home to many of the best performing countries when it comes to road safety and it is also the largest development funder in the world. But what is its role in the world of road safety, particularly in low and middle income countries?

That is one of the core questions that will be addressed at a unique panel of Parliamentarians, road-safety practitioners, corporate leaders and humanitarian actors who will assemble in Spa, Belgium on 1 June 2012 during the Renault World Series event at the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.

Sponsored jointly by the Global Road Safety Partnership and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the panel discussion is being held the occasion of the 2012 Global Road Safety Partnership annual meeting, which this year is hosted by Renault.

The panellists include:

Mr. Mathieu Grosch, European Parliament, member of the Transport Committee
Ms. Svetilina Ilieva, DGEnlargement, Transport chapter manager
Mr. Matthais Schmale, Deputy Undersecretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Mr. Luca Pascotto, FIA, Director of Mobility
Mr. Jean-Yves Le Coz, Expert Leader for Road Safety, Renault Group

An international audience from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa (representing the Global Road Safety Partnership, numerous multi-national companies, international organizations and governments operating in diverse fields related to road safety) is expected to attend.

Questions asked to the panellists and seminar participants will likely include: how does the EU view its role in reducing road crashes and injuries in low- and middle-income countries? Who is the external voice of the EU on road safety - e.g who should represent the EU at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and other international meetings? What are the EU's priorities - issues and regions - in international road safety? How does the EU work with NGOs and international organisations in delivering programmes on the ground?

To register for the event, please contact: Elena Gil at elena.gil@etsc.eu

The GRSP Annual Meeting takes place from 1-2 June at Hotel de la Source, Route du Circuit 22, B-4970 Francorchamps. For information on the GRSP annual meeting, please contact: catali.ghiglia@ifrc.org

Due to heavy demand for accommodation in Spa that week GRSP and ETSC strongly recommend you book your hotel in advance. GRSP can provide suggestions for accommodation. For this please also contact catali.ghiglia@ifrc.org

For any further information please contact mircea.steriu@etsc.eu



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