The Minister of Transport, Communication and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades, participated in EU high-level Ministerial Conferences on Road Safety and Maritime, held by the Maltese Presidency, in Malta, today.
During the Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, the EU ministers were invited to discuss the current pan-European status on road safety, as well as to propose actions to be taken in the future, in order to improve road safety and reduce deaths caused by car crashes.
In his intervention, Minister Demetriades highlighted the role of road safety as part of broader European policies for social and economic development and presented in brief Cyprus national action framework, the Road Safety Strategic Plan 2012-2020. Noting Cyprus successful results on road safety of last year, Mr Demetriades called on the EU to set more ambitious targets in pan-European level and to take bold actions towards the achievement of these objectives. The Declaration of Valletta on Road Safety was also endorsed.
During the Ministerial Conference on Maritime, the EU Transport Ministers discussed the EU priorities on maritime transport and endorsed the Valletta Declaration. In his intervention, Minister Demetrides welcomed the initiative of the Maltese Presidency to endorse maritime transport as a priority during Malta’s Presidency and highlighted the importance that sustainability of Maritime holds for the EU economy. He, further, stated that concrete actions should be taken to strengthen the competitiveness of the European maritime, and all member states, the European Commission and the maritime industry need to work towards this direction.
Source: Press and Information Office