EASST’s Georgian partner, Partnership for Road Safety Foundation, has been chosen by Essex University, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association to participate in a program that aims to “Improve dialogue on public policy between Non-Governmental Sector and Parliament of Georgia”.

The main goal of the program is to help NGOs in developing advocacy skills and improve their communication with Members of Parliament. The Partnership for Road Safety Foundation will use the opportunity to develop communications and cooperation on road safety and transport issues with new Members of Parliament. During the program, several training sessions and meeting with MPs will take place. Further information about the program can be found on the website: www.thewestminsterconsortium.org/

The Partnership for Road Safety has previous success in this area – as a result of three years of active campaigning, the Georgian Parliament introduced new regulations making seat belts compulsory from January 2011. Previously, seat belt regulations applied only on inter-urban highways and roads where the speed limit is above 80 km/h. The Partnership’s efforts were recognized in 2012 when it was awarded a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its significant impact on the road safety situation in Georgia