To honour the numerous people killed and seriously injured on roads in Europe, Rudi Vervoort, Minister – President of the Brussels – Capital Region and State Secretary Bianca Debaets, support the idea of creating a memorial for road traffic victims in Brussels
Brussels Regional Government Official press release (french): 20160807-communique-de-presse-un-lieu-de-memoire-a-bruxelles-pour-les-victimes-de-la-route
This is an initiative of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims, FEVR, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Rudi Vervoort together with Bianca Debaets said: “To remember all these victims it is a natural response to want to erect a Belgian and European memorial in Brussels – the heart of Europe. We are supporting this need in order for it to be realized soon. The form of the memorial has still to be decided, but it will be a place of contemplation, where people can gather to remember those killed and injured, but also to be reminded that road users should be extra vigilant in road traffic.”
Koen Van Wonterghem, CEO of the Belgian association Parents of Road Traffic Victims, PEVR, and member of the FEVR board said: “We are thankful to Minister –President Rudi Vervoort and State Secretary Bianca Debaets for their support and we are convinced that this monument or commemoration plaque will soon become a reality. Our project is also supported by EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, among other EU politicians.
FEVR was set up in 1991 and has at present 25 members from 17 different countries, predominantly from Europe. FEVR has also created a common day on which to remember road traffic victims, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which has been commemorated since 1995 on the 3rd Sunday of November each year and is now also officially recognized by the United Nations.
FEVR will shortly be moving from Luxembourg to Brussels, Europe’s capital.
(translation of part of the official French press release by the Brussels Government, dated 7.8.2016.)