Last Saturday, the annual FIM General Assembly took place over the same weekend as the FIM Gala Ceremony in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The conference facility situated in the beautiful grounds of the Museos de la Atalaya provided the perfect setting for the fifty eight national federations who were present at this year’s FIM General Assembly to work their way through a day-long agenda.
Following the meeting the key points of this yearly gathering were summarised as follows:
• The 2014 FIM financial statements and 2016 budgets were approved.
• A new national federation, Georgia (GNMF) will be affiliated as of 1st January 2016, bringing the total number of FIM-affiliated federations to 113.
• Mr Bitsch, Chairman of the Strategic Plan Committee, presented the results of the survey that had been sent to all the national federations. Just fewer than fifty percent of the national federations completed and returned the survey, the results of which proved to be of great interest and will be analysed further in due course before final conclusions are drawn. On initial inspection, the results show that there is a good level of satisfaction concerning the services provided by the FIM. As part of this process the FIM’s social media strategy will be evaluated in addition to the reasons why some national federations did not respond to the survey.
• The CONUs presented their plans and projects for 2016 and their Presidents/representative underlined the importance of strengthening the cooperation between CONUs in various field of activity.
• The FIM CEO, EDO, Directors and Communications Manager reported on their work and projects developed with the administration and sporting & non-sporting commissions during the current year and also presented new projects and modifications of regulations applicable as from 2016.
• Mr Jos Driessen (FMB) was elected FIM Board Member with a one-year mandate.
• Two FIM Nicolas Rodil del Valle Gold Medals were awarded, to Joan Moreta (posthumously) and Mrs Beaulah Schoeman.
• Mr Jean-Pierre Mougin was appointed FIM Honorary Deputy President.
• Robert Hofstetter was appointed as Member of the International Commission of Judges.
• All amendments to the FIM Statutes & By-Laws and FIM Sporting Code were approved. The CCR will now be called the Commission of Circuit Racing.
• Several cities have shown interest in hosting the next FIM General Assembly and FIM Gala Ceremony – The candidates currently include Andorra, Estoril, Quebec, Melbourne, Sochi and Sydney.
Following the General Assembly FIM President stated: "I’m very satisfied with the way this General Assembly was conducted. All the National Federations supported the work of the Board and the FIM Administration.
We started the year with bad news regarding our budget because of the unexpected change in the exchange rates of our main currencies. Thanks to very effective actions taken by the FIM Administration, the results at the end of this year are really much better than expected.
I’m also very glad to see that in most of our major Championships the numbers of spectators and the TV audiences have increased significantly in comparison with previous years.
On the other hand we started this year with an overall revision of the content and implementation of the Strategic Plan. Apart from the outcomes achieved so far, the bulk of this work will have to be addressed step by step as from next year. I’m sure that the new goals will allow the FIM to show greater leadership and exercise more influence."
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