Promote road safety and improve road network accessibility in South East Europe.
In the South East Europe area, like in other regions, road crashes and injuries are answerable for social and economic losses. South-East Europe regions are among the “worst road safety performers in Europe” if we take the number of death/1 million population into account: countries such as Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and, to a less extent Slovakia and Hungary, have a rate road deaths per population by far above the EU average of 62 deaths per million population in 2010 (source: CARE database and national data). It is not surprising, since the rate of motorization (number of motorvehicles/1000 population) is considerable below the level of the highly motorized countries. In the South-East Europe (SEE) countries that are currently not members of the European Union crash and fatality rates are even higher: in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia rates are above 100 deaths per million populations in 2009 (Source: OECD-ITF). This situation is holding down the development of the SEE region and requires urgent improvements in order to reach the 2020 EU road safety target. The cooperation in the framework of this project gives the possibility to these countries to adapt the so-called best practices of the leading countries.