Within its international activities, PE "Roads of Serbia" cooperates with European and world associations, authorities and road institutes.
PE "Roads of Serbia" is a full member of ASECAP, ERF and IRF.
The International Road Federation is a global not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC since 1948 and supported by regional offices throughout the world. The IRF serves a network of public and private sector members in more than 70 countries by providing world-class knowledge resources, advocacy services, and continuing education programs which together offer a global marketplace for best practices and industry solutions.
Our Mission: Building Partnerships
We assist countries in progressing towards better, safer and smarter road systems.
We develop and deliver world-class knowledge resources, advocacy services, and continuing education programs, which together offer a global marketplace for best practices and industry solutions.
We serve a wide range of member organizations from both the public and private sectors of the road and transport industry. Together, we form a global network for information exchange and business development.
We invest in the next generation of transport leaders. Since 1949, the IRF has awarded educational scholarships to individuals in 119 countries to pursue careers in the road and transport industry.
Our Vision: Better Roads, Better World
We believe that well-planned, safe, accessible and environmentally sound road networks are fundamental building blocks for human and economic development.
We are committed to increasing road and transport investments to meet the demands for safe and efficient travel and flow of goods and services to help improve the lives of people worldwide.
We engage with governments, development institutions, businesses, and academia around the world to make our vision a reality.
Our Organization: A Global Federation
The International Road Federation welcomes members from government, academia, road associations, research institutes, and private industry.
We are a global not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC since 1948 and supported by regional offices throughout the world.
The IRF serves a network of public and private sector members in more than 70 countries by providing world-class knowledge resources, advocacy services, and continuing education programs which together offer a global marketplace for best practices and industry solutions.
The International Road Federation does not recognize any legal affiliation, or programmatic collaboration, with the IRF Geneva Programme Centre or its chapter in India.
Key IRF Milestones
- 1948: IRF is chartered in Washington DC
- 1949: First IRF Fellowships awarded
- 1952: 1st IRF World Meeting
- 1954: Establishment of the International Road Educational Foundation
- 1975: IRF begins accepting Governments as Full Members
- 1988: IRF congratulated by 40th US President Ronald Reagan
- 2001: Establishment of the Global Road Achievement Awards
- 2006: 1st IRF Latin America Regional Congress
- 2009: 1st IRF Middle East Regional Congress
- 2011: 1300th IRF Fellow enters the Fellowship Program
- 2011: 1st IRF Caribbean Regional Congress
- 2013: 17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition in Riyadh attracts delegates from 82 countries
- 2014: Launch of the IRF Examiner
- 2014: 100th GRAA presented
- 2014: 1st IRF Africa Regional Congress
- 2014: 1st IRF Asia Regional Congress
- 2015: 1st IRF Europe & Central Asia Regional Congress
- 2016: Ended unification efforts with IRF Geneva and established IRF Global
The International Road Federation (IRF) is a global, independent, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Active since 1948, IRF is a membership-based organisation, representing leading corporate and institutional players drawn from the road and mobility sectors worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all. Its approach is centred on key strategic components of knowledge transfer & information sharing, connecting people, businesses and organisations, and working with policy & advocacy.
With a presence and network on over five continents, IRF provides a neutral and global platform for the road and mobility sectors. Our network stretches across all parts of the globe and continues to grow every year. This undeniable global presence enables us to better connect the sectors and to promote safer, greener, more sustainable road transport, and mobility.
IRF has extensive experience in convening and leading high-level multi-stakeholders groups towards results. It is reputed in the sector for its untiring efforts to build capacity around the world and for being a hub of knowledge, expertise and contacts. IRF has 56 years of experience in data collection and capacity-building all over the world. Since 1964, the IRF World Road Statistics (WRS) have been an invaluable reference tool for anyone wanting to analyse, understand and report on worldwide, regional and national trends and developments.
With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the Federation also encompasses an IRF Chapter in New Delhi, India, an IRF Africa and regional representation and ambassadors around the world.
Evolution of IRF’s logo since its creation until today
IRF is registered as a not-for-profit association in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. The Federation’s main organs are the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. These are presided over and chaired by the IRF President. The governance structure and functioning of the Federation is defined in the Statutes of the International Road Federation.
The President is responsible to the Board and the General Assembly for all functions and performance pertaining to the IRF. In addition to presiding over all of the governance bodies of the IRF, the President also serves as the global face and ambassador of the IRF.
The Executive Committee is comprised of the President, two Vice Presidents, the Treasurer and other members elected by the Board of Directors. It meets regularly and oversees strategic decisions for the organisation.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the appointment of the Executive Committee, as well as the implementation of resolutions of the General Assembly. The Board also appoints the Director General as the Chief of the Secretariat and establishes regional offices and chapters in order to fulfil the purpose of the IRF.
The General Assembly (GA) meets at least once a year, usually in Spring and its meetings are open to all IRF members. The GA elects all members of the Board of Directors, as well as the President of IRF.
The Secretariat is IRF’s main working body based out of Geneva, Switzerland. Under the supervision and oversight of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat is responsible for all activities, memberships and partnerships of the IRF and works as the liaison between all IRF members, ensuring that partnerships occur effectively and efficiently. The management of the Secretariat is entrusted to the Director General, appointed by the Board of Directors. The Director General represents the Federation in all legal and administrative matters. Together with the President and the Board, the DG defines strategic plans for the Federation and ensures the daily management of the Secretariat.
IRF India Chapter
Established in 2009, the IRF India Chapter initiates and coordinates all of IRF’s activities in India. Visit IRF India Chapter’s website.
Established to coordinate programmes being implemented in Africa and to facilitate and further strengthen collaboration with African partners with whom those programmes will be implemented. Learn more.
In addition to its membership platform, IRF also engages with a variety of other key organisations and sector partnerships, such as: SuM4All, FIA, UNRSC, iRAP, UNECE, ITF, BSEC, WB, UNECA, African Union, IRU, PIARC, TRB, BRITA, ASECAP, ERTICO, ERF.
The IRF is also proud to support the
European Startup Prize for Mobility 2020
Policy & Advocacy
IRF engages with decision-makers at international, national and local levels to bring about positive change and to advance the sustainable road transport and mobility agenda.
IRF is well-positioned to steer the making of policies and regulations affecting the road sector. It plays a key role in discussions on topics ranging from effective deployment of intelligent transport systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, green public procurement, climate change adaptation, road data and statistics and road safety.
Benefiting from consultative status with the United Nations (UN) ECOSOC since 1951, IRF works closely with several UN Agencies:IRF is a member of the UNECE and UNCTAD experts groups on Climate Change Adaptation; participates in the UN Global Traffic Forum on Road Safety (WP1) and various other UNECE working parties (WPs) and working groups.IRF chairs the Project Group 2 “Safer Roads and Mobility” of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), a global multi-stakeholder partnership, the aim of which is to facilitate international cooperation and to strengthen global and regional coordination.
IRF participates in several international expert groups and is partner to several multilateral institutions and initiatives such as:IIRF is a Steering Committee Member of the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All), initiative led by the World Bank and rallying 55 of the most influential transport organisation of the world (including Multilateral Developments Banks, United Nations Agencies, Programs, and Regional Commissions). It is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to reshape the global mobility agenda through advocacy, action, and financing.IRF is a Board Member of the Belt and Road International Transport Alliance (BRITA). Coordinated by China Highways and Transportation Society (CHTS), an esteemed Member of IRF, BRITA is a platform to enhance multi-level and wide-ranging cooperation between the countries along the Belt and Road. In June 2019, IRF signed an agreement to lead the Green & Sustainable Development Committee of BRITA.IRF is an Advisory Board Member of the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety. The panel brings together an unprecedented coalition of leaders from the global business community, international institutions and NGOs, with the primary objective to raise awareness and funding for road safety actions, especially in low and middle-income countries.IRF further benefits from a privileged position in Europe, being a member of various experts and advisory groups that advise the European Commission on matters such as road safety, green public procurement, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and road markings. IRF is a member of the EU ITS Advisory Group and a member of the C-ITS Platform.
International Road Federation (IRF) is non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with mission to promote and innovate road infrastructure development.
The programs of the IRF Centres in Brussels and Geneva are focused on Europe as a part of IRF international programs, meaning the creation of platform for roads including public and private sector for purposes of integration with other initiatives of regional cooperation.
By organizing the Congresses for Southeastern Europe (so far four Congresses for Southeastern Europe have been held - the Third Congress was held in Belgrade organized by the PE “Roads of Serbia”, September 2002), the IRF sets as its goal promotion of cooperation between states and governments of Southeastern Europe, which is of vital interest for the region.
In a very close cooperation with main initiatives for reconstruction of Southeastern Europe, IRF aims at focusing development on better roads and road network as an urgent need for economic growth of the Southeastern European countries.
The PE «Roads of Serbia» is a permanent member of the IRF.
The result of a solid cooperation with the IRF was the visit of IRF Director General Mr. Anthony Pearce in March 2007.
The conclusion following the discussions is continuation of cooperation and active participation of the PE «Roads of Serbia» in activities of this association.
In this light, our delegation participated actively in the joint First Conference on Black Sea Ring Highway and the Fourth Conference on Silk Road in Istanbul in the period from 14th to 16th May 2007.
The Conference in Istanbul was held in a moment when Turkey gained chairmanship-in-office of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), and when the world expresses its increased interest in Black Sea region.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the International Road Federation (IRF) and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) with the purpose of promoting the Black Sea Ring Highway which was signed in November 2005 in Antalya was a basis for this joint conference.
The special contribution of this Conference is a regional development, i.e. connection between the Central Asia region and Black Sea region, as evidenced by the Declaration adopted at that Conference.
Black Sea Ring Highway is for our country a natural extension of branch Xc (E – 80), Niš – Sofija, which constitutes a part of Trans European North - South Motorway, because it connects countries of Western and Central Europe with countries of Black Sea basin, Russia and countries of Western Balkans, thus covering political and economic area from the Adriatic Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
By construction of the branch Xc and completion of motorway from Burgas via Sofia to the border with the Republic of Serbia the connection with the Black Sea Ring and countries of Black Sea region are being made.
The European Road Federation is a non-profit association which coordinates different approaches relevant to the European road sector.
The European Road Federation operates on the platform of dialogue within the European Union, taking into consideration the main input information relevant to mobility and promotion of leading research for a quality road infrastructure.
The mission of the European Road Federation is mobility and sustainability of European roads.
The Public Enterprise "Roads of Serbia" is a standing member of the European Road Federation.
The European Road Federation and the Chamber of Commerce for South-East Europe, under the auspices of the Ministry of Capital Investments of Serbia, and with the participation of the Public Enterprise "Roads of Serbia", organized in November 2005 the Regional Conference titled "Building Tomorrow s Transport Infrastructure in SE Europe".
The principle objective of the Regional Conference was to assist South-East Europe in achieving a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system.
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association representing toll operators and related industries which provides forum for sharing knowledge and ideas in order to promote and improve transport services financed through toll collection.
Founded in 1932, the IBTTA is the only association representing the worldwide industry of toll collection.
IBTTA priority is to help its members to keep up with the trends which consider the emergence of toll collection industry as one of the vital forces for financing the motorways and operations worldwide. Financial summits, meetings, exhibitions and workshops are available throughout a year.
IBTTA consists of 280 members from 25 countries located on six continents. In addition to the USA, there is a significant number of representatives of the European toll collection operators in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, as well as Austria, South Africa, Japan and Brazil. IBTTA members are leaders in technological innovations and are familiar with the concepts in which technology reshapes financing of roads, organizational structures and provision of services.
IBTTA is financed primarily from membership fees, fees for participation on meetings, exhibitions and sponsorships.
Dutch-Serbian Business Council represents the platform for public-private partnership of two countries concerning infrastructure and environmental protection, within which a series of working visits to Serbia and Netherland was organized during 2009. The main objectives of the Council are realization of long-term plans and projects implemented by Dutch companies within the modernization of Serbian infrastructure and environmental protection, involvement of Dutch companies in Serbian development process, i.e. introduction of the latest achievements in specified fields to our experts through permanent cooperation.
The experts of the Public Enterprise «Roads of Serbia», which carries out key activities concerning Serbian road infrastructure, have actively participated in a working group of the Dutch-Serbian Business Council.