11 October 2018
For Immediate Release
NINE DAYS TO SAVE EUROPEAN
Dear Motorsport friend and colleague,
My apologies if you have already received this email and this is a duplicate; however, I do not apologise for the dramatic title, as our industry and sport face a serious, immediate problem, which you can help resolve.
We have until 20 October to respond to this important EC consultation, details of which are attached. If we fail to secure the amendment we seek, the likely outcome is that all motorsport activity, in every EU Member State, will cease.
EVERYONE involved in the business and organisation of European motorsport needs to act NOW to overcome this genuine threat to our own future and that of our employees and the sport, from the unintended consequences of action taken by the European Commission (EC).
The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), along with others – including the UK Department for Transport – has been fighting to resolve this issue for more than two years, on behalf of our members and the wider EU motorsport community. Now, with your personal leadership and action, it is possible for us to resolve this, as I fully explain in the attached documents.
In simple terms, the EC plans to issue a new Motor Insurance Directive, as a result of which all EU Member States must put into their National Law compulsory and unlimited third-party liability insurance to cover personal injury between motorsport competitors and car-to-car damage during any competition – from Formula One, MotoGP and World Rally, to karting, historic and grass roots motorsport, whether regulated by the FIA, the FIM or not.
However, such widespread, unlimited new insurance is not currently, and, we understand, will not in the future be available – so motorsport will be unable to continue anywhere in the EU.
Please respond BY 20 OCTOBER to the EC Review Consultation – https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/finance-2017-motor-insurance_en
By using the simple ‘MIA Response Guidelines’ (which can be downloaded from our website), this will take LESS THAN TEN MINUTES – a short time commitment to keep motorsport alive, and preserve the jobs it supports.
It is most important that you estimate, if motorsport were to cease, how many jobs will be lost directly from your organisation, and indirectly by your suppliers or the sport, as this significant economic impact will influence the European Commission.
I am sharing this email with my senior contacts across the European motorsport business community.
May I ask that you help our community by sending this email request, and its attachments, to your most influential motorsport business and sporting contacts, urgently please? We need all influential individuals, major teams, suppliers and employers in EU and UK motorsport to act – by working together we can change this.
We must make the European Commission fully aware of the economic importance of motorsport and the employment which our sport and industry provides across the European Union.
An unimaginable situation yet true – fighting such battles for the industry was one of the reasons the MIA was originally created and is pro-actively supported by its members.
If you have any questions or comments then please email me and I will respond immediately – as we must meet the deadline of 20 October.
Thank you – your immediate help is invaluable and much appreciated.
Chief Executive Officer
Motorsport Industry Association
The Apex on 10th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG, UK
T: +44 (0) 2476 692 600
T: +44 (0) 2476 692 600
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