The European road safety action programme describes the present situation, the challenges to be met and the courses of action available to the European Union. It also includes a detailed list of around sixty specific measures. It reaffirms the overall objective of halving the number of road accident victims by 2010 (the current figure is 40000 fatalities every year in EU-15). The programme is designed to encourage road users, both private and professional, to behave more responsibly, industry to produce safer vehicles and public authorities to improve road infrastructure. It also provides for... the creation of a European Road Safety Observatory within he European Commission. An innovatory aspect of the programme is that it proposes that all parties concerned, public and private, subscribe to a European Road Safety Charter.