Who are we?
Formerly known as the Council of Bureaux, COB is an international organisation active in the motor insurance sector and acting for the protection of cross-border road traffic victims. It coordinates the activities of :
- The Green Card system, whose members are 46 Green Card Bureaux representing about 1500 motor insurers in 50 countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
- The Protection of Visitors system, whose members are the Compensation Bodies, Guarantee Funds and Information Centres applying the European Motor Insurance Directives in the 30 Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA).
The mission of COB is double:
- to facilitate free-movement in cross-border road traffic by removing administrative barriers.
- to offer a high level of protection to victims of cross-border road traffic accidents by facilitating the compensation procedures.
COB operates under the United Nations’ aegis and also cooperates with the EU Institutions to improve the free movement of vehicles and the settlement of motor accident claims but it has no political or lobbying purpose.
The COB Secretariat is located in Brussels.