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PIARC (World Road Association), founded in 1909 and comprising 125 member governments from all over the world, is the global forum for exchange of knowledge and experience on roads, road transport policies and practices. With consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, the Association is contributing to a stable and sustainable global development of the road and transport sector.

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IInd World Road Congress - Brussels 1910

At the closing ceremony of the First International Road Congress, Lagasse-De Locht, First Delegate of Belgium, suggested to hold the second congress in Brussels during the 1910 World Fair.

The Congress took place in Brussels from 31 July to 7 August 1910. Thirty-eight nationalities were represented, 32 of which by official government delegates, for a total of 2118 participants.

In his opening speech, the minister of Public Works, A. Delbeke, said: "We may in truth assert: Via Vita. The road means prosperity of the people. It is Civilisation, Fraternity, Life!"

That is what inspired PIARC's motto "Via Vita".

For more information: note on the Brussels Congress.