The European Council of the European Union has set a target to halve the number of serious injuries on roads in the EU by 2030, from their 2020 level.

In ‘Council conclusions’ on road safety, ministers endorsed the Valletta declaration on improving road safety, adopted at an informal ministerial meeting organised by the presidency on 29 March 2017.

The Council said the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured each year was of particular concern.

A report from the Council proceedings stated: “The work on improving road safety should not be measured only by counting road deaths; the number of serious injuries is no less worrying as it is five times higher than the number of road deaths. An ambitious overall target should be aimed at, in the spirit of the UN General Assembly resolution on improving global road safety, to drive the appropriate reduction measures.”