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RAP in Europe

On November 7, the EuroRAP General Assembly took an historic step and unanimously voted for the dissolution of the EuroRAP entity. After 21 years of existence, the RAP programme in Europe is now being integrated into iRAP, the International Road Assessment Programme.

EuroRAP members have been instrumental in laying the foundation and inspiration for the Global Programme, which is now active in nearly 130 countries.

Today, with this integration, RAP partners across Europe will benefit from having a streamlined administration and a more productive use of donor and partner resources.

The integration does not affect how you can make use of the iRAP tools, methodology, and resources which are already in extensive use across the region. These will remain freely available, as they currently are worldwide, for the benefit of all in road safety. Most importantly, the integration leverages iRAP’s well-established organizational structure, shaped around innovation and development, programme support, and delivery of strategic projects.

How safe are Europe’s roads and the Business Case for Safer Roads

The iRAP Safety Insights Explorer shines a light on the true scale of road crashes, the safety of the world’s roads, and the positive impact that can be made with investment.

Where we work

European programmes and projects have now been undertaken by 38 countries in Europe.

Europe Team

Olivera Rozi

iRAP Safer Journeys Lead for Europe
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Samar Abouraad

iRAP Safer Journeys Specialist for Europe
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European Institute of Road Assessment
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Marko Sevrovic

Senior Road Safety Expert,
European Institute of Road Assessment

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Alenka Volk

Project Financial Support Manager,
European Institute of Road Assessment

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Europe Projects

Showcasing a selecting of multi-country major projects that have occurred in Europe over time. Led by various partners in Europe.

Latest news from Europe

PHOEBE advances models and simulation for safer urban environments

The PHOEBE Project has reached a significant milestone with the completion of its deliverable report ‘New and Enhanced Models/Simulation Environments and User Support Materials (Beta ed.)‘. Development has highlighted vulnerable road users as the cornerstone of safe...

PHOEBE Brussels Meeting shares progress with EU Commission

The PHOEBE Consortium met in Brussels last week to advance project plans and update the European Commission during a two-day exchange of 11 sector-leading partners. The EU-funded ‘Predictive Approaches for Safer Urban Environment’ (PHOEBE) Project aims to increase the...

ELABORATOR powers on in Europe

ELABORATOR partners gather for Consortium Meeting in Copenhagan in June In recent weeks, the ELABORATOR Project has been very busy with its latest Consortium Meeting in Copenhagan, and presentations across Europe at Velo-city 2024, Eurocities Mobility Forum, 2nd...

Building capacity for safer roads in Estonia and Latvia

A one-day iRAP training course was conducted in Tallinn in May for Estonian and Latvian Road Authorities helping to build capacity in the countries, and Baltics region, for safer roads. The results of Estonia’s first Star Rating pilot project were shared, providing...

Event Summary: 2024 ITF Summit in Leipzig

The 2024 ITF Summit on Greening Transport: Keeping Focus in Times of Crisis took place last month in Leipzig, Germany. It was the annual Summit of the International Transport Forum, serving as the world's largest gathering of transport ministers and a premier global...

Join us at the 2024 ITF Summit in Leipzig!

The 2024 ITF Summit on Greening Transport: Keeping Focus in Times of Crisis is on this week in Leipzig, Germany. The annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy...

Road safety for all: How the PHOEBE project is enhancing traffic simulation to forecast infrastructure safety

Article and image credit: Marcel Sala, PhD Transportation Engineer, Aimsun  Our PHOEBE Project partner Aimsun shares this update on project progress and how safety assessments are being addressed in Aimsun simulation solutions. More than 20,000 road fatalities...

ELABORATOR publishes Inclusion Plan to drive inclusive urban mobility solutions

ELABORATOR, a leading initiative in the realm of sustainable urban mobility, has released its highly anticipated Inclusion Plan, signalling a pivotal step forward in the quest for inclusive and climate-neutral cities. This comprehensive document outlines strategies to...

25,000km of Crash Risk Mapping for Spain released

The RACC Mobility Club and Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE) have presented their 20th edition of annual Crash Risk Mapping of the Spanish road network. For the first time in six years, the sections of the State Highway Network with a "high risk" of serious or...

£38 million boost for safer roads across England

£38.3 million government investment to improve road safety on 17 of the country’s most high risk roads from Devon to Durham, road users across England will now benefit from safety improvements on 99 roads part of the £185.8 million investment to prevent over 2,600...

Europe trends – challenges and opportunities

Between 2001 and 2010, the number of road deaths in the EU decreased by 43%, and between 2010 and 2018 by a further  21%. Recent data for 2019-2020 shows a 17% decrease in road deaths. However, in 2020, there were still 42 road deaths per million inhabitants of the EU (Source: ETSC). This is an unacceptable and unnecessary human and social price to pay for mobility. The yearly cost of road crashes in the EU has been estimated in a new study to be around EUR 280 billion, equivalent to about 2% of GDP5. Almost half of road victims are vulnerable road users, 25 % were on two-wheels (14 % motorcyclists, 8 % cyclists and 3 % moped riders) and 21 % were pedestrians. The breakdown of fatalities also shows that 8 % occurred on motorways, 37 % in urban areas and 55 % on rural roads. Road deaths and injuries are predictable and preventable. Head-on fatalities occur on undivided roads. Run-off road fatalities occur where the roadsides are unforgiving. Pedestrian fatalities occur where sidewalks are missing, safe crossing facilities don’t exist or speeds are inappropriate.


EU and Global Alignment

In May 2018, within the context of the third and last ‘mobility package’, the Commission presented a common framework for road safety for the 2021-2030 period, recalling the EU’s long-term goal of moving as close as possible to zero fatalities in road transport by 2050 (‘Vision Zero’).

As part of the third ‘Europe on the Move’ package, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management, whose general objective is to reduce both fatalities and serious injuries by improving the safety performance of road infrastructure.

UN Member States have agreed on 12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets to drive action across the world.


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