At the initiative of the Georgian Partnership for Road Safety, a highly productive seminar was held in Tbilisi on 25th February 2014 with The Embassy of the Netherlands and Europe House, organised in close cooperation with the Georgian Ministry for Regional Development and Infrastructure, The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Economy.

The Netherlands consistently ranks in the top 3 of the world’s safest countries – a remarkable achievement since traffic in Holland is also Europe’s densest. In addition, it has a high share of vulnerable two-wheelers, mainly bicycles. EASST Georgia has therefore been keen to learn from the experiences of the Netherlands and invited their experts to share best practice.

The conference was  a huge success already prompting several new initiatives between the two countries

The Traffic and Road Safety Seminar was well attended, showcasing the successful systems in place in the Netherlands. Experts and practitioners from government, business, academia, and road safety shared their experiences, successes and challenges with the attendees. The atmosphere of the seminar was hugely encouraging, inspiring several joint projects between participants.

The event was opened by Dr. Davit Narmania, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, followed by a lecture from Hans Godthelp, road safety expert from the Netherlands. Presentations were delivered by five top companies – Gatso, Goudappel/MoveMobility, Philips, NMI and VIA, each specializing in a different area of traffic management and road safety.

Experts from the Netherlands and Georgia 

The evening events included a second presentation at Europe House where Levan Izoria, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Professor Fred Wegman, a top Dutch expert on road safety, gave speeches. An exhibition “From A to B” was presented in the lecture hall, showing how the infrastructure and traffic situation in Georgia have changed dramatically over the last century.

EASST Georgia would like to pay special thanks to Philip Wijers of GATSO whose support was fundamental.