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Road infrastructure safety management [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Ariane Debyser (3rd edition, updated on 13.01.2020),

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On 17 May 2018, the Commission adopted the proposal for a directive amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management. The revision was presented together with another legislative proposal on vehicle and pedestrian safety, and with non-legislative initiatives to promote safe mobility.

The general objective of the proposal, which seeks to address the shortcomings of the existing legislation, is to reduce both road fatalities and serious injuries by improving the safety performance of road infrastructure. It proposes key changes to strengthen road infrastructure safety management procedures and extends the scope of the directive beyond the trans-European transport network (TEN-T).

Interinstitutional negogiations (trilogues) concluded on 21 February 2019. The agreed text was adopted by the Parliament in plenary on 4 April 2019 and by the Council on 7 October 2019. After its final signature, the new legislative act came into force on 16 December 2019, and has to be transposed into national law in each Member State by 17 December 2021.


Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2018) 274
Rapporteur: Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy) 2018/0129 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Claudia Schmidt (EPP, Germany)
Karoline Graswander-Hainz (S&D, Austria)
Mark Demesmaeker (ECR, Belgium)
Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE, The Netherlands)
Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)
Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Directive (EU) 2019/1936
OJ L 305, 26.11.2019, pp. 1-16

EU Legislation in progress: Adoption


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