This Sunday marks the yearly World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, an initiative endorsed by the United Nations to remember all those killed or injured on the roads. Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulcand Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis recorded a joint message to express their sympathy and reiterate the Commission's commitment to road safety. The two Commissioners recall that "In the EU, 70 people die on the roads every single day. Moreover, each day 370 people get injured and suffer life-changing consequences. Whether we are pedestrians or cyclists, drivers or passengers, we all must behave responsibly – for our own safety and for the safety of others. Those victims are a permanent reminder of the need to do more." Their full message is available here. Last year, 26 100 people died in road accidents in the European Union (EU). While this represented a small increase compared with 2014, the trend over the last 20 years has been a fall in the number of road traffic victims in the EU. Compared with 1995, the number of road fatalities has been reduced by almost 38 000 persons, from nearly 64 000 to slightly over 26 000 in 2015. More information is available in the Eurostat press release here. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - Tel.: +32 229 56186; Alexis Perier - Tel.: +32 229 69143) .
Saturday, 19 November, 2016