Outgoing European Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio has been named “Woman of the Year” by the International Road Federation.
This is to recognise “an important contribution” to policies for safety and financing, encompassing transport projects inside the EU but also extending to countries outside it. She will pick her prize at the European Parliament this Wednesday. The Federation says her supervision has significantly helped further economic and social cohesion. De Palacio has also set a goal to halve the number of traffic deaths in Europe by 2010. Road accidents caused the loss of 46,700 lives in the EU-25 in 2003, and injuries by the million. The plan is to work on road-users’ behaviour at the wheel, with training and the harmonisation of sanctions against bad driving habits.