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Date: 4 December 2015 22:21
Baku, December 4, AZERTAC
Azerbaijani Automobile Federation has become the member of the FIA automobile mobility and tourism competence at the FIA Annual General Assembly held in Paris.
The event was attended by 145 FIA Member Clubs.
President of the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation Anar Alakbarov and officials of the federation attended the meeting.
In his opening address, FIA President Jean Todt acknowledged the FIA Member Clubs’ willingness to attend the annual gathering in light of recent events in Paris and invited everyone to observe a minute’s silence to remember the victims of the 13 November attacks and all those who have suffered as a result of terrorism during 2015 and in the years before.
Turning to the Federation’s activities, President Todt noted that in the context of increased scrutiny of international federations the organisation has put in place the necessary checks and balances to ensure that the FIA is transparent, democratic and ethical. Pursuing the highest standards of governance, the FIA has mandated an independent firm to review all its internal procedures from the beginning of 2016.
In 2015, FIA Mobility refocused its effort around a number of key areas, including improved servicing of the needs of clubs and strengthening the FIA’s position as a global advocate in the critical areas of road safety and sustainability.
In regard to road safety the year was marked by the launch of the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety, a unique initiative that brings together eminent individuals from the global business community, international institutions and non-government organisations to raise awareness of the global road safety crisis and to lead a coordinated response.
In motor sport, the FIA is strengthening and stabilising the entire single-seater pyramid, which provides a natural progression for young drivers from first steps in karting all the way to the FIA Formula One Championship. There are now more than 10 national FIA Formula 4 championships in place, FIA Formula 3 has been consolidated at continental level and the racing ladder is set to be completed in 2016 with the establishment of FIA Formula 2, to sit just below the top tier.
Alongside the development of motor sport series, President Todt highlighted technical support as one of the FIA’s main sporting missions. He stressed that the federation must deliver the highest possible standard of safety for all of those involved, be they drivers, officials or spectators.