The three largest and most significant motorcycle organizations have released an important document

The three largest and most influential organizations representing both riders and the motorcycle industry (ACEM, FEMA, FIM), in collaboration with the Serbian Association of Vehicle and Parts Importers, have forwarded to us an announcement regarding a historic document called the "Manifest," which these three organizations have published and sent to European leaders ahead of Europe Day on May 9th and the upcoming elections for the EU Parliament (June 5-9).

"We call on European institutions to actively include motorcycling in the political priorities for the 2024-25 political mandate, which will begin with the upcoming European elections on June 5-9," says the proclamation of these organizations. The motorcycle sector positively contributes to the European economy, social inclusion, and territorial cohesion, with approximately 21.4 billion euros to the European GDP and 389,000 jobs. Europe has nearly 40 million motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles, and quadricycles that support a clean, efficient, practical, and enjoyable alternative for people and goods movement in cities and rural areas.

The Manifesto states, among other things, that motorcycling is fully aligned with the current vision of Europe, placing citizens' quality of life at the core while promoting sustainable industrial leadership.

"In order to harness the full potential of our sector towards such ambitious goals, this 'Manifesto' identifies five strategic areas for further collaboration between public authorities, users, and the motorcycle industry with the support of mobility and transport policy. These are: Safety, environment and sustainability, competitiveness, research and innovation, motorsport and tourism," the authors of the "Manifesto" state, adding that as long-standing partners (ACEM, FEMA, and FIM) of the European Union project, they look forward to continuing constructive dialogue and collaboration with the new political leadership in the European Parliament, Commission, and Council.

Commenting on the Manifesto, representatives of the three organizations agree that this marks a turning point for the motorcycling sector by bringing together all stakeholders for the benefit of European citizens.

"This manifesto showcases the social and industrial contribution of motorcycling in Europe, especially in urban and suburban areas where 75% of the EU population resides. Category L vehicles can bridge the gap between light mobility such as walking or cycling and the use of cars, offering several advantages for everyday travel and small logistics. Through innovative, sustainable, and high-quality mobility solutions, ACEM members will continue to contribute firmly to European competitiveness," said Michele Colaninno, President of ACEM and CEO of Piaggio.

FEMA President Odd Terje Dovik states that all three organizations are united in their intention to continue working for common interests and rights.

"We hope that the newly elected Members of the European Parliament will consider the needs of motorcyclists, especially regarding road safety. Of course, we will be ready to offer advice and expertise whenever needed by the Members of the European Parliament. Our three organizations represent the entire European motorcycling community: manufacturers, athletes, and tourists," says FEMA's leader.

Jorge Viegas, President of FIM, leaves no doubt about the contribution motorcyclists make to the EU economy, an increasingly significant sector in tourism.

"Research has shown that motorcycle sports are a key driver of tourism in the European Union. FIM is pleased that our three organizations have come together to draw attention to the sport's contribution to the economies of rural areas. Not only is it economically important, but as we have shown in the 'Manifesto,' it is crucial as a testing ground for new technologies that can drastically improve the quality of life for EU citizens and the world," says FIM President Viegas.

You can find the complete "Manifesto" document HERE.

A quick reminder:

The Motorcycle Manufacturers Association of Europe (ACEM) represents the largest manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles, and quadricycles (Category L vehicles) in Europe.

The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA) represents European motorcyclists with the task of promoting, protecting, and preserving motorcycling.

The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) was founded in 1904. FIM is the international governing body of motorcycling recognized by the IOC and a global advocate for motorcycling.

Source: ACEM
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