Publication date: 23 October 2009
One year after its relaunch, the FIA European Bureau's website has seen numbers of visitors more than quadruple.
FIA European Bureau's website aims to be a tool for clubs and experts. "We are not a mass website, but cater for our members and visitors from the European Parliament, Commission, diplomats and the press," explains Sînziana Radu Gille, communication manager at the FIA European Bureau.
The public side to the website functions like many other association websites with sections containing news, press releases, further information on the FIA, policy documents and events. A special focus is put on the projects section, which besides the news is one of the most dynamic areas of the site.
When press releases are sent out, the website often experiences peaks in the number of visitors as journalists and officials seek background information. Commission officials and MEPs can also add substance to their reports thanks to a section with detailed policy statements. Clubs, too, will find practical resources. "If you need high resolution logos and pictures for your club magazine, you can download them from the website media gallery," says Sînziana. The media gallery contains also publications.
One of the most visited sections of the website - alongside news - is the events listing. That's no wonder in Brussels where networking and making contacts is an integral part of policy making. The news section is also popular. This is a key tool in informing, not only member clubs, but also Brussels' international pool of journalists.
Clubs, though, will get most out of the website by logging in. Here, the website becomes a key work tool. Under the heading FIA Groups the Euroboard, Eurocouncil as well as the Transport & Mobility, Legal & Consumer, Technical, and Tourism working groups can find their specifically dedicated area. Each club visitor can access the latest information, agendas, documents and group member contact details for the specific groups. It is also worth checking out the wealth of specific news available here. The working group sections also contain.
"It's so much better than exchanging huge emails and is more accessible, all you need is an Internet connection and your password," says Sînziana. Members can change and update their personal details and profile. More importantly, they can access key information that is not available elsewhere.
And there is yet more to come: the European Bureau is currently building up an additional on-line tool aimed at monitoring the legislative process. Still in the test phase, the monitoring tool will eventually allow club policy experts to get an instant status overview of policy dossiers, retrieve documents, find policy and publication briefs and get a summary of related FIA actions.
Last but not least the daily newsletter 'News from Brussels' informs member clubs of what is going on in Europe and specifically in Brussels regarding issues such as mobility and transport. The number of subscribers has been growing steadily.
For more information contact Sînziana Radu Gille at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +32 2 282 0816.