Conference of European Directors of Roads

The Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) or Conférence Européenne des Directeurs des Routes (in French) was created in 2003[1] from the former Western European Road Directors (WERD).[2] It is a non-profit organisation[3] established as a platform for the Directors of National Road Authorities. It complements the work of the World Road Association PIARC.[4] CEDR's activities are carried out in an open and transparent way in accordance with CEDR's own code of conduct and the code of conduct of the EU institutions.[5] CEDR's is listed in the EU Transparency Register, 485630615462-79.[6]


CEDR is an organisation of European national road administrations that promotes Excellence in the Management of Roads.[7]

Strategic goals

The Strategic Goals of CEDR agreed at its Warsaw Governing Boad meeting of April 2016[8] are; – Help NRAs to keep ahead of the curve, anticipate future trends and prepare them to face new challenges – Reinforce NRAs role as key providers of efficient and seamless mobility from an end user perspective within the transport system – Facilitate and optimise the efficient use of resources, making the best use of existing infrastructures. – Improve the safety and sustainability of roads, and reduce their environmental impact and carbon footprint.


CEDR has established MoUs with the World Road Association - PIARC and the European Rail Infrastructure Managers.[9]

In the field of cooperative ITS (C-ITS), CEDR also signed a collaboration with the motorway concessionaires association ASECAP,[10] the cities network in transport POLIS[11] and the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium[12] to form the Amsterdam Group as a strategic alliance to facilitate joint deployment of cooperative ITS in Europe.[13]


In 2004, CEDR agreed to support the launch of the Transport Research Arena. This continues to be the main focus of CEDR's innovation outreach activities.[14]

Since 2008, the CEDR Transnational Research Programme (TRP) has operated through a series of annual transnational calls on topics that address the needs of European road authorities. The programme was initially started with support from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) under the title ERA-NET ROAD.[15] The aim is to produce research results that can implemented by CEDR members and contribute to a safe, sustainable and efficient road network across Europe. It is funded by CEDR members on a voluntary basis. The latest programmes addressed (in 2015) Climate Change, Multimodality – user needs/freight and logistics, and BIM[16] and (in 2016) Safety, Water quality and Biodiversity and invasive species[17]

The results of CEDR’s research programme have been adopted at a national and European level. The European Climate Adaptation Platform references the climate adaptation activities[18] and joint activities with US[19] and others.[20] In the field of Intelligent Transport Systems, CEDR has played a large role in European implementation. Chaired by CEDR, the Amsterdam Group[21] is a co-operation between toll road operators (represented by ASECAP[22]), cities (represented by POLIS[23]), the service providers (represented by the Car2Car consortium[24]) and road authorities (represented by CEDR). Furthering the application of truck platooning through the EU Truck Platooning Challenge[25][26] during the Dutch Presidency of the European Union was an activity that arose from the 2014 Informal Meeting of EU transport ministers.[27]

In 2013, CEDR's co-operation with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) and US Federal Highway Administration resulted in a joint research programme on Infrastructure Innovation.[28]

In 2016, CEDR and the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (European Commission) agreed to twin research on selected topics.[29]


Members include:[30]

See also

Regional associations of road authorities


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  2. ^ Co-operation between Western European Road Authorities, Bundesministerium fur Verkehr Bau- und Wohnungswesen (BMVBW), Bonn September 2000
  3. ^ French – Site officiel d’accès aux publicités et aux informations légales des entreprises
  4. ^ "PIARC – International associations having a regional audience".
  5. ^ "Transparency Register – Statistics for register".
  6. ^ "Transparency Register – Search the register".
  7. ^ "Brochure" (PDF). 2016.
  8. ^ "20.04.2016 New CEDR Strategy – CEDR official website". 31 May 2016.
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  14. ^ "Press releasew" (PDF). 2016.
  15. ^ "European Commission : CORDIS : Projects & Results Service : Final Report Summary – ENR2 (ERA-NET ROAD II)".
  16. ^ Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) call site
  17. ^ "Aankondigingenplatform".
  18. ^ "Roads for today adapted for tomorrow – Climate-ADAPT".
  19. ^ "8. Research – International Practices – Publications – Resilience – Sustainability – Environment – FHWA".
  20. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Amsterdam Group – Amsterdam Group".
  22. ^ "HOME – Asecap Corporate".
  23. ^ "Polis Network – Home".
  24. ^ "Car 2 Car – Communication Consortium: Mission & Objectives".
  25. ^ "European Truck Platooning Challenge – EU Truck Platoon Challenge".
  26. ^ "Roads director: Truck platooning can cut CO2". 11 March 2016.
  27. ^ "Road safety challenges for smart transport infrastructure development discussed at Informal Council of EU Transport Ministers (Athens, 8.5.2014)".
  28. ^ FEHRL. "ERA-NET Plus for road infrastructure innovation".
  29. ^ Commission, European. "FAQ – Research Participant Portal".
  30. ^ "Member Countries – CEDR official website".

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