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European Commission - Press release

Road safety: young people meet in Brussels to discuss how to tackle road deaths

Brussels, 24 November 2011 - Young delegates from across the European Union meet in Brussels today and tomorrow (24 and 25 November, Charlemagne building) to come up with ways to reduce the number and severity of traffic accidents, the largest cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds in Europe. The 55 participants of the fourth edition of the European Youth Forum for Road Safety will set a strategy for the Forum's activities the coming decade, such as how to raise awareness among young people and engage with different stakeholders involved with road safety. This year's event is organised by the European Commission and coordinated by the Responsible Young Drivers foundation (RYD). It brings together young delegates involved in road safety across Europe and beyond.

The emphasis is on planning the forum's future activities with a focus on the new European Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020 . Within the framework of the new policy orientations, a new youth road safety declaration has been drawn up in order to attract support from private stakeholders. The future strategy is to include development of a dissemination plan for this declaration as well as the designation of national youth road safety ambassadors. This decade has been designated United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety and much of the forum's future work will be carried out against this background.

The forum foresees to implement a common European campaign (on posters), but also several common field activities by bringing effective awareness tools and support at a European level, thanks to the European Commission. Those will strengthen the knowledge and skills of all delegates representing their country and organisations, hence reaching a maximum of youngsters through cost-efficient campaigns. The forum will also continue to support NGOs at all levels in their attempts to promote road safety awareness.

The winner of a poster competition aimed at a road safety information campaign for young people will also be announced today at 12.30pm during the European Youth Forum for Road Safety. The winning entry has been selected by a jury from contributions by young designers from all over Europe.

Since its launch in 2008, the forum has grown in importance. In the summer of 2010, the European youth delegates gathered in Brussels in order to strengthen their network and launch new initiatives in all Member States. Their professionalism and dedication has succeeded in raising awareness of the issue among thousands of youngsters.

More information on the European Youth Forum for Road Safety:

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)

Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)

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