30 years serving the leaders of National Road Authorities

The CEDR Governing Board met in Ljubljana to note the 15th anniversary of CEDR and the 30th anniversary of the Western European Road Directors (WERD).

With attendees from 24 nations, the Governing Board was joined by PIARC (World Road Association), the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) and the European Commission.  Following the formal meeting on October 4th,  which addressed a wide range of issues, the attendees engaged in a dynamic workshop on customer expectations and public relations.  This was followed by a celebratory dinner in the Fužine Castle.

The Governing Board approved the 2017 TEN-T Performance Indicators report and CEDR’s 2019-2021 Action Plan, appointed the 2019 Management Committee and discussed key issues of innovation and cooperation.  The GB resolved that innovation is a part of the CEDR strategic objective “To help NRAs to keep ahead of the curve, anticipate future trends and prepare them to face new challenges” and that innovation will shape their future core business as well as the legislation that frames their activities.  With CEDR’s Finnish member, they also addressed how to further develop the Transport Research Arena (TRA) in Helsinki 2020 and beyond.  The Road Directors addressed deeper cooperation with the European Commission on digitalisation and with EIM and others through the Infra4DFuture project.

The workshop on customer expectations and public relations included presentations from seven of the different authorities and interactive discussion examined how to put a public face on NRA activities, how to develop key performance indicators and examples of customer views from the application of road tolling.

During the dinner, delegates reflected on the developments leading up to and subsequent to the ‘European Conference of Road Directors’ was held in Paris in 1989.  This grouping became the Western European Road Directors (WERD) and then, in 2003, the Conference of  European Directors of Roads.

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