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      Safe driving for life: changing attitude and behaviour through education, training and testing

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In 2018, CIECA will continue to provide its members and the wider road safety community with an extensive range of professional and scientific platforms with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of driver licensing systems in all CIECA member countries. Closer collaborations and stronger working relationships are becoming increasingly important in facilitating a truly integrated approach to the provision of better driving licensing services for citizens around the globe, and we look forward to working with all our members in their best interest.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 50th CIECA General Assembly and Congress that will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May 2018. Both events, hosted by the Driver & Vehicle Agency, will be held in the Europa Hotel, which is located in Belfast City Centre. 

The theme of the 50th CIECA Congress will be “Safe driving for life: changing attitude and behaviour through education, training and testing”, and will focus on possible measures that can be taken to influence attitude and behaviour to reduce the high rate of road traffic incidents in our roads, which all too often result in death and serious injury, caused by young novice drivers. 

Our Congress Programme this year will follow the highly successful model from previous events, while incorporating new suggestions from valuable stakeholders. As it is usual, our Congress will offer the efficient organisation that attendees have come to expect from CIECA events, we will debate, and we will have opportunities to enjoy presentations given by distinguished speakers, reunite with old friends, make new friends and get inspired to gain new directions in our professional lives.

Our aim is to make our 50th Congress an unforgettable success, and we do need your participation to make history. 

It will be my pleasure to greet you in Belfast, Northern Ireland!


René Claesen 

CIECA President

René Claesen   CIECA President

René Claesen 

CIECA President


What's on

Check out some of our congress programmes below


general assembly & MEMBErs FORUM

Wednesday 30 May 2018

CIECA Members only


cieca congress programme 

Thursday 31 May 2018

Open to Members and Non-Members


partner and social programmes

Wednesday 30 May - Friday 1 June 2018



The 2018 CIECA Congress will take place in the Europa Hotel Belfast. 

Located just two minutes’ walk from Belfast City Centre, the hotel is close to the award winning restaurants, countless shops and vibrant nightlife of Belfast. Victoria Square shopping centre, with over 50 stores, cafés and restaurants, is only a short walk from the hotel, as is the city’s newly developed Titanic Quarter. This area is home to the stunning Titanic Belfast which tells the story of the construction of the world’s best-known ship. Also within close proximity is the Ulster Museum for free art, science, historical collections and galleries and the beautiful Queen’s University.


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Explore Belfast



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Food and Drink

Northern Ireland is renowned for the quality of its food and drink and its culinary expertise. In addition to two Michelin star restaurants, local producers have collected global awards for outstanding taste including the UK Great Taste Awards, the World Cheese Awards, the International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards and the Blas na hÉireann, Irish Food and Drink Awards. 

Food and drink from Northern Ireland is exported to over 70 countries, and is enjoyed by customers in top hotels and high-end restaurants in Britain, France, the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. Large retails chains such as Marks & Spencer, Albert Heijn, Carrefour, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco also stock products from Northern Ireland.


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Register for this year's congress



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