Fewer people died on European roads last year but more efforts are needed to make a big leap forward, according to new, preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2018 published today by the European Commission.
In 2018, there were around 25 100 fatalities in road accidents in the EU 28. This is a decrease of 21% compared to 2010, and 1% compared to 2017. With an average of 49road deaths per one million inhabitants, this confirms that European roads are by far the safest in the world. But it also shows we are off track to reach our target of halving the number of road deaths by 2020. This underlines the need for swift action by Member States and the entire road safety community to deliver on the EU’s strategic road safety action plan, published in May 2018 as part of the Juncker Commission’s ‘Europe on the Move‘ package, which set out specific actions envisaged under the current Commission mandate.
Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “While I of course welcome any reduction in road traffic fatality figures, even a single road death is unacceptable. We have been assertive and ambitious in tackling road safety, adopting a strategic action plan, concrete actions on vehicle and infrastructure safety, and a policy framework for the next decade. As we continue to work towards ‘Vision Zero’ – zero road deaths by 2050, we are committed to working with all Member States, as well as the Parliament and road safety community, to provide a level of safety that EU citizens demand and deserve.“
The Commission has already delivered concrete measures on vehicles and infrastructure safety, and both were agreed upon by the Parliament and Council in early 2019. For infrastructure, risk mapping will be carried out for all motorways and for primary roads, and vulnerable road-users will have to be systematically taken into account in all safety assessments, audits and inspections. For vehicles, a number of safety features will be included in all new vehicles, such as Intelligent Speed Assistance to help drivers keep within the speed limit, and other proven new technologies such as Automated Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping Assistance.
For the majority of Member States, the road fatality rate was below 60 deaths per million inhabitants in 2018.
The EU countries with the best road safety results in 2018 were the United Kingdom (28 deaths/million inhabitants), Denmark (30/million), Ireland (31/million), and Sweden (32/million). The countries with a higher-than-average decrease in road deaths from 2017 to 2018 were Slovenia (-13%), Lithuania (-11%), Bulgaria (-9%) and Slovakia and Cyprus (both -8%).
Only two EU Member States recorded a fatality rate higher than 80 deaths per million inhabitants, against 7 in 2010. The countries with the highest fatality rate were Romania (96/million), Bulgaria (88/million), Latvia (78/million) and Croatia (77/million).
A large number of vulnerable road users were affected: pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and the elderly, particularly in urban areas. With demographic changes and the ongoing trend towards active and sustainable mobility, these groups are expected to represent a higher proportion of road users in the future, and will require particular attention.
In addition to fatalities, the EU’s focus is also on the seriously injured: it is estimated that, for every road death, five more people were seriously injured on EU roads last year (around 135,000).
In its road safety policy framework for 2021-2030 and strategic action plan on road safety, both published in May 2018 as part of the ‘Europe on the Move’ package, the Commission confirms the EU’s long-term goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries in road transport by 2050. The new interim targets, responding to the 2017 Valletta Declaration by transport ministers are to cut the number of road deaths by 50% between 2020 and 2030, and to halve the number of serious injuries in the same period.
For more information
Road deaths per million inhabitants – preliminary country by country statistics for 2018
Cerebreon: Debt Support Startup Close £1.5m Seed Round to Help Save UK’s Most Vulnerable
Insolvency technology startup Cerebreon close final funds in £1.5m Seed round in a bid to scale support to the UK’s most vulnerable consumers to avoid bankruptcy.
Cerebreon is working with consumers, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners, to deploy their deep learning platform to help predict and prevent insolvency ahead of time.
Gillian Doyle, Cerebreon CEO, said, “Our mission is to support the most vulnerable people in society to help them to avoid insolvency. Unsecured personal debt was measured at £3.6Bn – with the COVID-19 outbreak UK families are taking on increasing levels of debt to survive.”
She went on to say, “By supplying data, debt insight and insolvency predictions to creditors as well as the insolvency industry, we can have a direct and positive effect on financial wellbeing and ultimately survival as a result of breaks in family incomes.”
The Irish startup were selected by Accenture’s Fintech Innovation Lab to take part in the highly competitive accelerator programme which has provided Cerebreon unrivalled access to key staff in the largest financial institutions.
Former BlackRock Managing Director, Scott Condron, commented, “Cerebreon has identified how digitization and data can be used to fundamentally alter the outcomes for debt distressed consumers, allowing more to emerge from insolvency and increasing recovery rates for creditors. Tech for good in action.”
The Donegal based tech firm have partnered with tech giant Microsoft to deliver the highest levels of security to protect sensitive personal data, using Microsoft Azure.
The £1.5m seed round was led by Delta Partners and supported by HBAN/private Angels, Western Development Commission, Consilience Ventures and Growing Capital who have invested in the Irish deep learning startup to boost go to market plans and product development as the financial crisis deepens in the UK.
Kevin Monserrat, Founding Partner at Consilience Ventures, commented, “The current financial crisis makes Cerebreon one of the most important and relevant tech platforms and we are proud to support the acceleration of their support to UK consumers in debt.”
Graph Blockchain Annouces Strategic Financial Advisory Agreement with Gravitas Securities
Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – March 24, 2020) – Graph Blockchain Inc. (CSE: GBLC) (“Graph” or “Company“) is pleased to announce it has executed on a financial advisory agreement with Gravitas Securities (GSI) to assess future business opportunities and develop a capital markets strategy as the Company’s financial strategic advisor, while the Company moves in to creating its blockchain supported e-Commerce marketplace for the booming psychedelic and ancillary sector.
GSI will assist the Company in closing its second tranche of the Company’s previously announced non-brokered private placement (2020-02-19) to raise up to $500,000. The company previously announced it’s first tranche close of $150,000 on 03/11/2020.
“We are pleased to enter into an Advisory Agreement with GSI,” announced Christian Scovenna, President & COO of the Company. “This announcement of having an investment bank like GSI solidifies GBLC’s commitment to spearhead the Company’s direction into the e-commerce psychedelics sector while creating shareholder value. GSI has demonstrated exemplary work with public companies with an affinity for growth via M&A proves significant value it can add. We are excited to have GSI assess future business opportunities and develop a capital markets strategy as our strategic financial advisor.”
Subject to the prior approval of CSE, the Company has agreed to pay GSI a retainer fee payable for services provided for each full Calendar Month for a period of twelve months. The payment shall be comprised of (subject to approval by the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”)) $15,000 (plus applicable tax) monthly payment in stock that will be invoiced annually in full, which will be paid in common shares at a deemed price per share equal to the greater of $0.05 or the minimum price per share permitted by the CSE at the time of issuance of such shares. Subject to CSE approval, these shares will be issued to GSI immediately. GSI may be paid a cash commission on any eligible subscriptions for potential private placement(s) within the stated (12) month advisory agreement. The Company will also, as soon as reasonably practicable following closing of the Transaction and subject to compliance with the stock option plan of the Company, shareholder approval of the stock option plan and the policies of the CSE, issue stock options (each, an “Option”) to GSI entitling GSI to purchase in the aggregate up to 2.5% of the total shares issued and outstanding in the Company. The exercise price and vesting provisions, if any, for these Options will be determined by the board of directors of the Company at the time of grant in the context of the stock option plan of the Company.
The Agreement, retainer fee and Option grant will be subject to such other approval, terms and conditions as would be typical for an agreement of this nature in the Canadian market. These conditions include:
(i) a condition respecting receipt of regulatory CSE (Canadian Securities Exchange) approvals;
(ii) a condition that no material adverse change affecting GSI has occurred;
(iii) a condition that all “shares for Service” adhere to IIROC and Regulatory trading and escrowed provisions.
About Gravitas Securities Inc.
Gravitas is known for sophisticated sector expertise, tactical individuals with a commitment to excellence, global integration and innovation, and as a leading independent wealth management and capital markets firm. Gravitas provides a wide range of investment mandates and services for retail and corporate clients globally from offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, and is represented in the United States through its FINRA representative, Gravitas Capital International, in New York and San Francisco.
About Graph Blockchain Inc.
The Company develops leading-edge private blockchain business intelligence and data management solutions that it will implement into a blockchain supported e-commerce marketplace for the sale of psychedelic and ancillary products in legal jurisdictions.
Additional Information on the Company is available at: www.graphblockchain.com
For further information, please contact:
Govinda Butcher – CEO
Phone: (416) 522-6688
Christian Scovenna – President & COO
Phone: (416) 453-4708
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature may constitute forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “likely”, “should”, “would”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “potential”, “proposed”, “estimate”, “believe” or the negative of these terms, or other similar words, expressions and grammatical variations thereof, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” happen, or by discussions of strategy. Readers are cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Such statements may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated.
Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and reflect the Company’s expectations as of the date hereof and are subject to change thereafter. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, estimates or opinions, future events or results or otherwise or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward-looking information, except as required by applicable law.
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Announcing the Virtual Gathering of the European Tech professionals (#TCE2020VE)
The TECH Conference Europe 2020 Spring Edition becomes a hybrid conference.
We have some important updates about the upcoming TCE2020 Spring Edition.
Due to the many travel restrictions, we have decided to create a Virtual Conference which gathers Tech professionals to discuss the vital topics with which companies in Europe and around the world are dealing with.
The Virtual Conference will take place on the 9th of June and everyone is invited to join and hear how Mobility, EdTech, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Fashiontech, and Fintech companies are embracing the current events and helping globally.
In order to secure your virtual seat, make sure to register here (no travel needed, you can attend from the comfort of your home or office)
PLEASE NOTE: If you are already a registered delegate of TCE Spring Edition, you don’t have to purchase a new ticket!
“As the world is sailing into uncharted waters, it is not likely that you will have the possibility to travel in the upcoming 3 months, so we are giving the chance for tech professionals, startups, investors to attend a full day of quality learning and networking from the comfort of their home” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.
The agenda of the conference has been updated and now addresses current affairs with panel discussions that revolve around the current topics which many tech industries are facing.
Among the topics of the conference, you will find discussions such as:
- Champions Of Mobility During Global Pandemic
- Fashiontech – Is The Fashion Sector Suffering Or Innovating?
- Global Consumer Sentiment During Pandemic And Boosting Essential Services
- Edtech Becomes An Essential Part Of Teaching And Providers Show Camaraderie
- Fintech, Blockchain And Fintech, Blockchain At The Forefront Of Fighting The Pandemic
More topics will be added to the agenda as the demand is high from tech companies. We are inviting all industry experts to nominate speakers here.
The speakers and moderators
Among the already confirmed speakers and moderators you can find: Jovita Gabnienė (Attorney at Law, Head of Litigation & Investigations Team at Ellex Valiunas), Stefania Barbaglio (Founder and Director at Cassiopeia Services), Erja Retzén (Senior Managing Director, Global Listing Services at Nasdaq), Filipa Neto (Innovation Principal at Farfetch), Kostandina Zafirovska (General Manager of IT Labs), Sukhi Jutla (COO & Co-founder at MarketOrders), Kamilė Kliukienė (Legal Counsel at Telia, Women Go Tech alumni), Jaka Repanšek (Media and TECH Law Expert), Rauno Parras (Director of parcel services at Itella Estonia), Marek Kopanicky (Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency), Gerard Martret (Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl), Vytautas Karalevičius (Co-founder at Bankera), Magith Noohukhan (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze), Dean Rakic (Chief Blockchain Officer at Blockcontrol Germany), Ricky Booker (Founder & CEO at Tradestreet), Slava Jefremov (CPO at Cointraffic), Vesa Perälä (CEO and Founder at Claned Group), Karim Coppola (Founder and Creative Director at VISORE LAB) and Alexander Belov (Co-Founder at Coinstelegram).
More speakers will be added along the way.
Sponsors and Partners
We are also happy to announce that IT Labs, the main sponsor of the conference has opted to support both virtual and live editions of the event.
For further inquiries about the peaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).
Among the supporters of the conference, you will also find the Georgian Venture Capital Association as a strategic partner, and leading media outlets such as Coins Flare, Embassy of Blockchain, CoinPedia, TechEvents Online, AI Time Journal, Cassiopeia Services, iBlock.tv, TechieScoops, DigitalScounting.de and many more.
Visit www.virtualedition.techconferenc.eu for more details!
For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).
TECH Conference Europe (TCE) Spring Edition, BTech and NTech Awards
TCE Spring Edition will become TCE Summer and will be held on the 4th of August. More information about the topics and speakers will be announced at a later stage.
The online voting stage for BTech and NTech Awards 2020 has been stopped and will be reset in order to allow all participants to focus on different matters.
A new online voting stage will be started between 1 and 30 June. Further information will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Hipther Agency (organizers of TECH Conference Europe) press contacts:
Zoltan Tuendik, Head of Business
firstname.lastname@example.org, +40 735 559 234
Alex Marginean, Marketing Specialist
email@example.com, +40 731 394 220
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