On Thursday 28th September, FIM hosted its 2017 policy debate and annual reception at the Stanhope Hotel in Brussels.
This event titled “Motorcycles & Scooters: A New Boost for Electric Mobility?” was supported by Members of the European Parliament, Madame Inés Ayala Sender (Spain, S&D), Mr Dominique Riquet (France, ALDE) and Mr Wim van de Camp (Netherlands, EPP).
The event also saw the participation of special guest, Mr Stéphane Mertens (FIM Endurance World Champion 1995 and 2002), alongside Mr Jos Driessen (FIM board member) who framed the debates.This introduction was followed by two engaging panel discussions which focused on disruptive technologies and new mobility solutions featuring representatives from the STORM Eindhoven Project, Scooty (e-scooter sharing platform) and the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). Representatives from the European Commission, environmental NGO Transport & Environment, and FIM Public Affairs Commission (Jesper Christensen) on the challenges and opportunities tied to the deployment of electric Power-Two-Wheelers in the second panel. The event was moderated by John Chatterton-Ross FIM Director of Public Affairs.
Finally, FIM CEO Steve Aeschlimann thanked the audience for its participation and concluded the 2017 FIM Policy debate: "The FIM is about to launch a new global platform for Public Affairs professionals dedicated to Power Two-Wheelers (PTW). The website will propose news, exclusive interviews or research papers from prominent opinion leaders alongside the FIM position on the main issues affecting motorcyclists in Europe and around the world. The platform will also publicise some interesting projects run by our member federations in the areas of riders' education or road safety campaigns. There are many brilliant initiatives taking place across the world and the FIM, as a true global organisation, would like to contribute to their dissemination to a wider audience."