European Parliament Committee has heeded motor sport’s concerns.
In its report adopted by the European Parliament Committee on 22 January, the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), through its Rapporteur Ms Dita Charanzová, has presented a position that takes into consideration the interests of motor sports competitions and competitors as represented notably by the FIM and other motorsport stakeholders such as FIA, ACEM and ATVEA at every stage of the consultation process on Revision of the MID launched by the European Commission in 2017.
The Revision of the MID was prompted by the decision of the European Court of Justice in the Vnuk case. After a consultation process in which the FIM and the FIA participated, the European Commission presented in May 2018 a proposal to amend the Directive which provides for a wide-ranging extension of the Directive’s scope.
To become law, this revision, which is now before the European Parliament, must be adopted by both the European Parliament and the European Council.
The FIM welcomes the IMCO’s Report which amends the proposed scope of the Directive and clarifies the definitions proposed, particularly « use of a vehicle » and « traffic v. non-traffic », and hopes that it will be adopted by the European Parliament at its next plenary session on 13 February.
Commenting on the proposal, FIM President Mr Jorge Viegas said: “We recognise the efforts of the European institutions to reflect the decision of the European Court of Justice on the Vnuk case and believe that the Report adopted today by the IMCO Committee incorporates this ruling in full while also addressing any unintended consequences of this judgment which were included in the European Commission proposal.
Preserving a fair and sustainable practice of (sports and non-sports) motorcycling is critical to us and we will keep supporting European regulators in revising the Directive.”