PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE: Transport Ministers adopt the Valletta Declaration on Road Safety

Transport Ministers of the Member States of the European Union meeting in Valletta under the patronage of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union reconfirmed their commitment to improving road safety by endorsing the Valletta Declaration on Road Safety.

With this declaration, Transport Ministers have agreed to continue to reinforce measures necessary to reduce the number of road deaths in the the UE by 2020 from the 2010 basline, and enhance cooperation between Member States-including relevant authorities, civil society, research institutes and the private sector-in particular with regard to road safety plans and strategies following a risk-based or an integrated approach.

They have also agreed to improve the safety of road users by developing safer road infrastructure, engage with relevant stakeholders on the possibility of expanding and integrating reduced speed limits, such as 30 km/h in high-risk areas, in particular areas where people work, cycle and play, and to continue developing measures to ensure post-collision care, early rehabilitation and social re-integration of road traffic accident victims, in cooperation with relevant public policy stakeholders.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Joe Mizzi said that the message is that Europe’s top political leaders from all the EU member states and from the European Parliament, as well as high-level officials of the European Commission and the United Nations, are firmly and collectively committed to significantly reducing the number deaths and serious injuries on our roads. “I can confidently state that road safety is once again at the top of the agenda across Europe,” he said.

Source: Government of Malta