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Final event of the Road Safety Campaign 2008

Published on 30/06/2008

The 4th European Red Cross Road Safety Campaign came to an end on 22 June 2008. The final event was celebrated on 6 June 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal.

During the opening ceremony, Luc Henskens, Director of the Red Cross/EU Office, presented the “Red Cross Road Safety and First Aid Resource Pack”, the core product of the campaign. It is an interactive tool with worksheets on road safety and First Aid in 16 European languages, which were tested by 29 000 people

The “Red Cross Road Safety and First Aid Resource Pack” is designed for the Red Cross, other organisations, teachers, youth workers and road safety practitioners who want to operate road safety programmes in their countries.

The material has been tested between October 2007 and March 2008 in the following EU countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. It has been successfully piloted in a numerous European schools and has received the official support from the Ministry of Education of Cyprus and Greece.

The Resource pack has three main components and could be used for:

- Raising awareness on road safety

- Influencing behaviour - formal/non-formal education on road safety and first aid

- Building community capacity

The interactive version of the resource pack is available in 16 languages and can be downloaded from the campaign’s website – www.1-life.info.

Mr. Henskens also presented the Position Paper of the EU Red Cross National Societies on First Aid and Driving Licence to the European Commission. The main recommendation is that in all EU Member States, every candidate for a driving license should be educated in First aid and should have a valid First aid certificate that is not more than five years old. It is then recommended to follow a refresher course every five years.


Red Cross/EU Office

Ms Veneta Vassileva

65 rue Belliard

1040 Bruxelles


Tel.: +32 2 235 06 99

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