ERF 25th Anniversary

ERF 25th Anniversary

  • November 27, 2023
  • 17:00
  • Thon Hotel EU, (Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels)

ERF will celebrate its 25th  Anniversary by holding a cocktail reception on Monday, November 27th, from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Thon Hotel EU in the heart of the European quarter.

This cocktail reception will provide an opportunity for road experts, private sector representatives, and European Institutions to come together and engage in meaningful dialogue about the critical role of road transport. We aim to underscore the importance of ongoing and increased investment in the preservation, improvement, adaptation, and maintenance of our road infrastructure. By doing so, we aspire to contribute to safer, more sustainable, intelligent, and efficient road mobility.

Registration is free of charge but required.

Please register by clicking on the link  hereunder:


Barbara Thaler is an Austrian politician of the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and member of the European Parliament since 2019. She is a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament (TRAN Committee).

Kristian Schmidt has been appointed director, of Land transport at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) since April 2021 and Road Safety Coordinator since 2022. In this role, he oversees the directorate C’s work on shaping greener transportation within DG MOVE. Previously, Schmidt held several senior management positions including EU ambassador to Burma/Myanmar from 2017 to 2020, to Uganda from 2013 to 2017, director at Directorate-General for International Development Cooperation (DG DEVCO) from 2010 to 2013, and deputy head of cabinet to EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Poul Nielson (1999-2004). He initiated his diplomatic career within the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and was posted at the United Nations in New York City from 1997 to 1999. Schmidt holds a degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen and, a degree in economics from the Université d’Aix-en-Provence. He also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, the Università di Bologna, and the University of Cambridge.

Kristof Rombaut is currently holding the position of Study Engineer Intelligent Transportation Systems at the Flanders Agency for Roads and Traffic. He previously worked for Honda Motor Europe and holds a degree in industrial engineering electromechanics.