BMF attends FEMA Committee meeting – Report

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Published on 10 October 2018 by Charlie Bliss

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The BMF were in attendance at the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) Committee meeting on September 29 where delegates met to discuss the state of the Federation and its plans going forward.

The meeting was held at Mundo-b in Brussels with members of fifteen different organisations and was chaired by FEMA President Anna Zee. Members will also recognise Anna as Political and Technical Services Director for the BMF.

After Anna’s introduction, the first issue on the agenda was the finance report and proposed budget for 2019 presented by FEMA Treasurer and BMF Chairman Jim Freeman. Both this year’s and next year’s report demonstrated a negligible operational loss. However, this did not prove problematic considering FEMA’s strong financial status at present.

Salaries and related costs accounted for the major expenditure for 2018, which is linked with public sector pay indexation in Belgium and the Netherlands currently set at 2.5 per cent. The Treasurer proposed that membership fees be indexed at the same rate from next year onwards, a suggestion that had the approval of FEMA board members. Furthermore, the budget will be voted on at next year’s annual general meeting in February.

Delegates congratulated the President for her briefing document regarding the Motor Insurance Directive. The document has been particularly useful for both the Swedish Motorcyclists Central Organisation (SMC) and the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC) to lobby governments as well as insurance bodies and sporting organisations. Members also discussed the recent Motorcycle Sound Emissions Survey.

Presentations included:

  • Third Mobility Package (Wim Taal, Communications Officer)
  • ‘Safer Roads for Motorcyclists’ Campaign (Dolf Willigers, General Secretary)
  • ‘Creating National Action Plans for Safer Motorcycling’ (Dolf Willigers)
  • European 2019 Elections (Dolf Willigers and Wim Taal)
  • ‘Developments in Motorcycle Technology’ (Abayomi Otubushin, BMW Europe)
  • SMC School & SMC Sport (Jesper Christensen, SMC)
  • FEMA Spring Meeting in Prague (Matus Skorik, UAMK)

Before adjourning the meeting, the President encouraged attendants to follow through on the ‘takeaway’ points of the campaign briefings for their respective organisations and wished them a safe trip home from what was a valuable, productive and positive session.

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Picture Credit: Wim Taal