FIA General Assembly i Wien – KAK på plats
”The largest ever annual General Assembly of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) took place in Vienna, Austria today, with 446 delegates from 175 motoring and motor sport Clubs in attendance.
Chaired by FIA President Jean Todt, the Assembly reviewed achievements in the spheres of Mobility and Sport across the past 12 months and voted through a number of key proposals designed to move the Federation closer to its goals of ensuring access to accessible, sustainable and safe mobility for all as well the development of motor sport worldwide.
Chief among the items approved by the Assembly were a set of recommendations made following an external review of the FIA’s operations with regard to legal compliance.
Carried out at the start of 2016, the review noted the FIA’s operation as a regulator of motor sport rather than as a promoter and its strong efforts at maintaining transparency in recent years, including the creation of an Ethics Committee.
It also made a number of recommendations aimed at further safeguarding the Federation including the creation of an internal Compliance Officer role and to foster independence within Commissions and Governing Bodies.
The Assembly also heard of the FIA increasing influence in the battle to save lives on the world’s roads.
“Road safety has now been recognised in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and earlier this year the UN General Assembly adopted its most far reaching resolution on road safety. I was privileged to address the United Nations on this important matter,” said President Todt. “The UN resolution calls for the development of a new Fund for Road Safety to provide additional resources for this crucial challenge in the areas where it is most needed.”
The gathering also highlighted the further development in 2016 of the FIA’s High Level Panel for Road Safety, the members and ambassadors of which constitute a coalition of leaders from the global business community, international institutions, leading NGOs and the FIA network. The Panel aims to develop innovative solutions for the generation of road safety initiatives and funding.
“Over the past year, the High-Level Panel has begun to implement an active work programme addressing global funding for road safety, the widespread uptake of UN road safety regulations and international standards for vehicle safety, the development of new regional observatories for road safety, and support for ‘in-country’ missions to assist the work of our clubs and global partners, where we can make a difference.”
Considering its budget for 2017, the Assembly also heard of the strengthened financial position of the FIA, which not only guarantees the ongoing security of the Federation but also its independence.
Commenting on the FIA’s position as it’s 2016 activities come to a close, FIA President Todt said that thanks to its global reach the Federation occupies a unique place to effect positive change in the future.
“I firmly believe that international organisations such as the FIA have a very important role. In fact, more than just a role, it is a duty,” he said. “We must demonstrate that by working together we can achieve so much more. This is the lesson organisations such as ours can teach the world. That the individual and unique experiences we each bring to our global family do not divide us but, instead, make us stronger.
“This tapestry of differences that we share, when seen and applied in a positive way, can only help make our world a better and safer place for future generations.”