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€449,710 granted to enhance road safety across South East Europe

The European Union and 9 key actors of road transport vocational training have partnered to improve professional drivers’ qualifications and training systems in South East Europe.

Making roads safer and road transport more efficient through improvements in drivers’ education is at the core of the new SEED multinational training initiative launched in South East Europe. Co-funded by the European Commission’s “Erasmus+” programme, this initiative confirms the relevance of initial and periodic professional education in the road transport sector.

The South East Europe harmonised qualification of professional Drivers (SEED) is aimed primarily at raising training and technical skill levels of instructors delivering initial and periodic training to professional drivers in the South Eastern region of Europe, where the “Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013” of the World Health Organization, reports a higher rate of road traffic casualties than in the rest of the EU.

Nine partners (1) in road transport professional training are thus pooling their resources to develop a training programme for drivers and instructors in the region, with the assistance of some 500,000 euros to be provided by the European Commission.

“With the SEED project, we will promote innovative and interactive pedagogical approaches for life-long education, whilst exploring new training and learning strategies in road transport professional qualification. We will organise pilot training sessions, national workshops and awareness-raising events in each target country. We all know the importance of the challenges ahead for the transport industry, and we are willing to invest all possible resources, knowledge and efforts to develop a robust and modern driver education system that complies with international and EU quality standards” concluded Velibor Peulić, regional coordinator of the SEED project.

(1) Project partners: IRU Projects (Belgium), Centar za obrazovanje Široki Brijeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina),  POU AMC Nova Gradiška, ORYX Grupa, EKOmobilis (Croatia), Groupe Promotrans (France), College Tempulli (Kosovo* UN Resolution), AMERIT (FYR of Macedonia) and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (Serbia).

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