PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

“Road safety is a shared responsibility, and the Valletta declaration sets out clear roles to the European Commission, member states, industry and civil society, and establishes an ambitious road safety target for reducing the number of serious injuries between now and 2030. It is only by a concerted effort and cooperation between all stakeholders that we can hope to achieve these targets.”

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Joe Mizzi declared this during the opening of the High Level Stakeholder and Ministerial Conference about Road Safety during Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc, and the UN’s Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt were also present for this High Level Conference, where road safety stakeholders met the Presidency, the EU Commission, and the European Parliament with the aim of proposing actions to improve road safety. The conclusions from this stakeholder meeting will be presented to Transport Ministers tomorrow.

Minister Mizzi said that road safety is multi-faceted subject, and there are many different measures that will contribute to reducing the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.

“Road traffic accidents also come at a high price for our countries, in terms of their high financial, societal, environmental and health costs. In fact, across the European Union, road accident deaths and injuries are estimated to be draining our economies around 100 billion euro every year,” Minister Mizzi added.

“Road safety is indeed a grave concern to us all, but we are encouraged that past target setting has led to some positive results. But so much more needs to be done. Throughout the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we have placed European road safety at the very top of our six-month agenda, and we have worked tirelessly with officials from DG-Move and with all of the EU member states to prepare an important ministerial declaration on improving road safety.”

Source: Government of Malta