Re-elected for a second term at today’s AGA, FIA President Jean Todt outlined his plans for the coming years.
Following his re-election at today’s Annual General Assembly, FIA President Jean Todt revealed his team’s plans for the next four years, saying that while the goals they have set out are “ambitious, they are built on the solid foundations that the reforms of the last four years have put in place”.
Addressing the assembly following the vote, the newly re-elected President said: “I want to let you know how much your warm support moved me and influenced my decision to run again. As a team we decided to put ourselves forward to continue the work of our first four years and introduce a new platform for our federation. We are aware of what we need to do for our organisation to take the next steps and we are determined to succeed, with your help.”
The President, who was joined by his re-elected team of Senate President Nick Craw, Deputy President Sport Graham Stoker and Deputy President Mobility Brian Gibbons, then continued by outlining his vision for the future of the FIA, focusing on the ‘four pillars’ described in the team’s manifesto.
“The first pillar aims to continue improving the governance and administration of the FIA,” he said. “This was a priority for our first term and will remain so for the next four years. We have decided that the Statutes Review Commission should continue its work to assess the reforms which have already been implemented and propose, if necessary, further improvements.”
The administration will be further enhanced by the creation of a Resource Allocation Working Group, composed of representatives of clubs from around the world. “It will be their task,” he said, “to determine together how best to use the new resources arising from new activities and including the renegotiation of the [Formula One] Concorde agreement.”
The FIA will also establish ASN and Mobility Club Liaison Offices to provide a one-stop-shop for members seeking advice.
The second area of major focus over the next four years will be motor sport development and President Todt explained that with grassroots growth at the heart of his team’s plans, a dedicated Motor Sport Development department will be created within the FIA to oversee the implementation of initiatives in this regard.
Those projects, he added, would originate from a strategic direction defined by the World Motor Sport Council, following recommendations from the Motor Sport Development Task Force and the ASN Development Task Force.
The FIA President also pointed to improved funding for projects via a new Motor Sport Development Fund, the rebuilding of ties with the FIA Foundation and additional resources from the recently signed Concorde Agreement.
Referring to the third pillar, Mobility, the President explained that the World Council for Automobile, Mobility and Tourism is to be given a more strategic dimension. “The FIA should play a role by influencing the development of the vehicles of tomorrow, in particular in major international forums,” he said.
In addition, a Department for Club Development within FIA Mobility will be created, charged with facilitating the growth of clubs around the world.
Finally, the newly re-elected President pointed to a fourth pillar, that of road safety and sustainability advocacy on the world stage.
“We want to continue the work of making the FIA a visible, constructive and engaged participant in the international arena,” he said, “a participant that accepts all its responsibilities in tackling the challenges of road safety and sustainable development.”
Concluding his address, President Todt said: “Our common goal, our common ambition, is for the FIA and its global network to become ever stronger, more united and more respected around the world.
“We understand and appreciate the responsibilities you have given us. In the four years to come, we will be committed to work on these goals, to serve the FIA, to defend your interests, and to promote our sport and mobility for the motorist. Together, we are going to go further and bring the FIA to a higher level.”