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      Portugal’s roads among the best                                                                                    N N N N N  BRENDAN DE BEER

      Portugal is the European Union Member State with the second best roads of all 28 countries, according to a report
      released earlier this week by the European Commission.

              he annual ‘Transport  a nation’s roads, with Portugal  Upon the release of the report,  increase recorded in the EU,  meanwhile also shown that the
              Scoreboard’ published  finishing with 6.05 points,  the Ministry of Internal Affairs  where the average actually fell  number of deaths
              in Brussels, shows that,  while the Netherlands were  said it was going to launch  by two percent.           onPortuguese roads fell from
       Tin terms of road quality,   handed the top score of 6.18  awareness campaigns among   In 2017, an average of 62    98 to 96 during the first two and
       Portugal ranks second among  points.                      drivers and pedestrians in   people per million died in   a half months of the year.
       the 28 Member States, behind  The worst roads in Europe can  order to reduce the high  Portugal (in the EU, this    Serious injuries were however
       only the Netherlands and     meanwhile be found in        number of fatalities in towns  average was 49 per million),  up more than 20 percent, and
       ahead of France, who is placed  Romania (2.96 points) and  and cities.                 whereas in the previous year  some of these victims could
       third.                       Malta (3.24 points). The overall  Minister Eduardo Cabrita said  there were 54 deaths (EU 50)  still be counted as fatalities
       The data in question used to  EU average was set at 4.78  that more than 70 percent of all  per million.            due to the nature of their
       compile the report, refers to a  points.                  incidents occur in urban areas  The Portuguese government  injuries.
       period up until 2017.        In terms of road deaths,     along with half of all fatalities,  has repeatedly said it will  For the year ending on 15
       But despite having some of the  Portugal continues to lag  with a third of all these victims  reflect on what intervention is  March, road fatalities did drop
       best roads, Portugal remains  behind its European partners,  being pedestrians.        necessary with regard to the  from 522 to 510, with most
       among the worst for road     with 58 fatalities for every one  Last year, the European Union  three main issues, namely,  regions reporting
       fatalities.                  million of its inhabitants.  singled out Portugal in a report  people being run over, drink-  improvements.
       In terms of road accidents, the  The safest country for drivers  for failing to follow the example  driving, and accidents involving  The region that saw the biggest
       report notes that “Portugal has  and their passengers remains  of other member states in  motorbikes.               increase in road deaths was
       seen a decrease in the number  Sweden (25 deaths per million  cutting back road deaths.  With a rise in road deaths for  the Algarve, jumping 30
       of road deaths since 2010 and  inhabitants), followed by the  A report by the EU revealed that  the first time in decades, the  percent to 41 in the past 12
       is now close to the EU average”,  UK (28) and Denmark with 30.  the number of deaths on  ANSR National Road Safety  months. This total is only one
       but still only ranks 19th among  Romania is once again at the  Portuguese roads rose 14  Agency admitted that traffic  fewer than the Greater Lisbon
       the 28 Member States.        bottom of the list, with 99  percent in 2017 compared to  fines issued had dropped by 20  Metropolitan Area, which has a
       The study uses a rating system  fatalities, followed by Bulgaria  the previous year, which it said  percent in 2017.  population almost seven times
       of 1 to 7 to assess the quality of  (96) and Croatia (80).  was the second highest     Latest data by the ANSR has  greater than that of the Algarve.

      Tourism board fears pound depreciation after Brexit Portuguese man missing

      The president of Portugal’s tourism board said the main concern for Portugal as a                 in France found dead
      destination is a depreciation of the pound after Brexit.
                                                                                                        A Portuguese man who has been missing in
                                                                                                        A Portuguese man who has been missing in
                                                                                                        A Portuguese man who has been missing in
                                                                                                        A Portuguese man who has been missing in
                                                                                                        A Portuguese man who has been missing in
        Luís Araújo said that forecasts  through the Brelcome campaign in  million people in the UK through  France since last year has been found dead.
                                                                                                        France since last year has been found dead.
                                                                                                        France since last year has been found dead.
                                                                                                        France since last year has been found dead.
                                                                                                        France since last year has been found dead.
       point to a drop in the pound    the UK, the tourism chief added that  online channels”.
       following Brexit, leading British  Portugal was also looking to expand  He also stressed “the      The emigrant’s body was  Police are investigating
       tourists to seek destinations outside  its presence in the US, Canada,  reinforcement of staff resources at  found with signs of having  the circumstances leading
       of Europe.                      Brazil and China.               the Portuguese delegation in the UK,  suffered violence in  up to the death of the 58-
        Saying that Portugal has been    Referring to campaign, Araújo  along with new training courses on  Marmande, southern  year-old, who was reported
       targeting potential British tourists  said, “it has already targeted four  other markets”.       France.                 missing last October.
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