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FIA-Elections: Rally-Legend Ari Vatanen as the new FIA-President?

A number of key elections will take place during the next FIA General Assembly on 23 October 2009. The most prominent of these will be the election of the FIA President and the elections of the members of the World Council Automobile, Mobility and Tourism (WCAMT) and the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC). To stand for FIA President, each candidate must submit their official application, along with a Team List of deputies and vice presidents, to the FIA Secretariat between 11 September and 2 October.

To stand for a World Council position, National Sporting Authorities and National Automobile Associations must submit nominations by 28 August. In the interest of transparency and in line with the FIA’s good governance principles, the FIA Secretariat will make public the full list of nominations, and will take a neutral role in providing support and online facilities to promote each Presidential candidate.

The actual candidates: Rally-Legend Ari Vatanen and Formula 1-Specialist Jean Todt. Both have also Experience in Rallyraid - but for the Rallyscene one thing is for sure: Vatanen will be the more interesting candidate. Hundreds of people were starting groups in international Social Networks like Facebook to force their beloved candidates.

It sounds like a small "US-Election" between the "Reformer" Barack Obama and the "Old school" candidates... time for a big change? Now Ari Vatanen speaks to his Fans on a special Website at [ ].

Vatanen said: Responding to requests of a large number of FIA Members, I have decided to run for the Presidency of the FIA in October. I want to make a difference and I want change, I understand many of you share my desire.

My main focus will be to bring unity to the FIA and increase transparency and accountability for the members, who are after all the true owners of the Federation and must play a central role in our organisation. I bring to my candidacy a long history and experience in both Sport and Mobility.

In Motor Sport, I competed at the very pinnacle of rallying for much of the 1980s and 1990s, during which time I developed a thorough understanding of our great sport and its needs. As President of the FIA, I will seek to restore the harmony and camaraderie in motor sport - from grass roots to F1 - that very much existed in my rallying days. The only battles we see should be sporting not political.

In 1999 I left the world of motor sport to become a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). During 10 years in Brussels and Strasbourg, I dedicated my time to championing mobility. I am a firm believer in the fact that Mobility has brought unrivalled benefits to society, and I know that this view exists in the very heart of the FIA. We have a responsibility towards the FIA’s millions of individual members and the rest of the world’s one billion motorists, to defend and preserve mobility.

As an MEP, I worked to do just this. In 2005 I created Mobility for Prosperity in Europe (MPE) an organisation born to defend mobility against a series of disastrous policy proposals that sought to restrict mobility rather than let it flourish. MPE’s aims were to decouple the harmful effects of transport from its growth rather than try to limit transport as long as they are efficient and non-subsidised; show that modal shift is not a solution to mobility; improve logistics and lower costs of mobility; enhance the image of transport; and reduce waste of taxpayer’s money.

Thanks very much to our joint efforts the politics of EU made an about turn in 2006 accepting our points, and till my last days as an MEP I continued to champion reason and fair play for Mobility, supporting the EU when it got things right and speaking up when it got things wrong.

As FIA President I would seek to continue this work, and utilise the full strength and power of our organisation to protect mobility throughout the world. I grew up and experienced success in motor sport, I have served as an MEP and won success for Mobility, I have the credible skill set to deliver for the FIA. Together we can.

For more informations visit the official FIA Elections Website at [ CLICK HERE ] or Vatanen´s Page at [ CLICK HERE ].

2009/07/30 | 11:48 CET | Editor: MR/HS

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