28 May 2014: Launch event of the Albanian SENSOR results
On Wednesday 28th of May, the SENSOR team traveled to Albania, Tirana for the launch of the first results of a 603km survey of Albanian roads. The event was hosted by the SENSOR Observer ACA (Automobile Club of Albania) and achieved extensive media coverage. The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Mr Edmond Haxhinasto called for safe road infrastructure to be the new priority, alongside with professional and technical guests for consultation on the first results for Albania. The Minister said that Albania’s recent massive investment in new road infrastructure had led to safety problems which must be addressed before more new roads are built. The SENSOR project has now Star Rated more than 600 km of Albania’s roads showing countermeasures which can target the safety problems and the huge economic benefits from investing in safety.
Presentations followed by Niko Leka (President of ACA), Olivera Djordjevic (Lead partner MRSH), Dr Steve Lawson (contractor RSF), Milan Bozic (partner AMSS), Nikolin Bërxhiku (Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Albania) and Mitat Tola (Albanian Traffic Police).
The purpose of the “SENSOR – ROSEE Coordination Committee – SEROC” is to ensure strong coordination between the SENSOR and ROSEE projects on technical, scientific and dissemination issues, related to their goals. The SEROC Committee aims also to ensure alignment of both projects outcomes in regards to harmonized approaches and complementarity for road safety in the SEE region in line with the Southeast Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme strategy as well as EU and UN approaches. Finally, it monitors the degree in which the projects’ results are adopted at national level.
The Committee is considered to be a vital advisory board and both projects undertake to fully take into account its recommendations although these will be non-binding and not constrain either project meeting contracted obligations.
The general functions of SEROC are to:
Ensure oversight of both projects' strategy and outcomes in regards to harmonized EU and UN approaches as well as SEE Programme strategy;
Monitor the degree in which the projects' results are adopted at national level and provide consultation or recommendations;
Facilitate co-operation between SENSoR and ROSEE projects in initiating, developing, carrying out and monitoring actions designed to ensure the complementarity of the projects and the avoidance of overlapping activities;
Assist in the know-how exchange between the two projects and the enhancement of technical and scientific knowledge;
Assist in the development, review and distribution of road safety practices, procedures and policies;
Assist in the development of common dissemination actions.
Specific functions of SEROC are to prepare a schedule of recommended evidence, data and definitions to be used by both projects which is populated where practical and/or available. This schedule shall include:
Economic parameters to be used in road safety evaluations
Recorded deaths and associated time periods for SEE countries
Definitions and handling procedures for serious injuries
Definitions and handling of non-serious injuries and PDO (property damage only)
Traffic census data
Road network definitions and cartography
The SEROC shall also advise on the value added from:
Holding a Common mid-term and/or Final Conference and its modalities
Common channels of dissemination