Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia exchanges views on road safety and cost of motoring with FIA in Brussels
Publication date: 08 October 2012
From R-L: Mr Jacob Bangsgaard, Mr Terry Agnew, Mr Tim Shanahan, Mr Pat Walker, and Mr Thierry Willemark.
Representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, including President Tim Shanahan, Mr Terry Agnew, Group Chief Executive, and Mr Pat Walker, Executive General Manager (EGM) for Advocacy & Member Benefits, visited the FIA Region I office in Brussels on Friday 5 October 2012 in order to exchange views on issues of common concern with their partners in Europe.
The group was greeted by the Director General of the office, Mr Jacob Bangsgaard, who gave an overview of the priorities of FIA Clubs in Europe. These priorities are focused on the strong representation of Member Club interests towards the European institutions, in particular in the areas of mobility, safety, the environment, consumer protection and tourism. The group also visited Touring Club Belgium (TCB) and the CEO of TCB, Mr Thierry Willemarck, attended the meeting.
Mr Bangsgaard said, “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to discuss issues of common concern with our colleagues in Western Australia. In many areas we share the same challenges – take for example road safety, the cost of motoring, or the right of motorists to repair and maintain their vehicle at the workshop of their choice”.
The group also exchanged views on how FIA Region I (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and FIA Region II (Asia and the Pacific) could work more closely together on global issues of interest such as activities carried out in the framework of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign.
Later the same day, the group was introduced to Mr Juhani Jaaskelainen, Head of Unit on ICT for Transport at the European Commission, as well as with Mr Wolfgang Hoefs, working in DG Connect at the European Commission, where discussions focused on the application of Intelligent Transport Systems to make our roads safer, cleaner and smarter.
Following the trip to Brussels on Friday, the delegation is visiting ÖAMTC and ADAC this week.