FEVR victims' association marks 25th anniversary

Published Tue, 05/07/2016 - 09:13

 

The European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) marks its 25th anniversary on 6 July 2016 with an event in Brussels.

Founded in 1991 in Geneva, FEVR has worked for and with road traffic victims – championing their rights and representing their voice. Much has been achieved in the three areas targeted by their campaigns - Road Danger Reduction, Criminal and Civil Justice and Health – but much still remains to be done.

Starting with just four members in 1991, the organisation now represents 25 national associations from 17 different countries who together fight for the rights of road victims - those who had family members killed and the seriously injured - and for reducing the numbers of road deaths and injuries as well as the severity of injuries. 

From the time FEVR was set up in July 1991 until July 2016, worldwide more than 40 million people lost their lives as the result of a road crash, and more than 200 million were seriously injured.

In Europe alone, there were about five million road traffic victims during that same period: over 750.000 fatalities and more than million seriously injured.

FEVR President Jeannot Mersch said: "I am very grateful to Marcel HAEGI, our founder and first president, who sadly died in 2004, and to Brigitte CHAUDHRY, our second president. Without them and their voluntary, passionate everyday work over many years, FEVR would not have reached its current standing in Europe and beyond. Now our voices are heard all over Europe, as well as globally.”