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FIM Europe General Secretariat: a look at the past year

At the end of 2017, we’ve asked the Secretary General Alessandro Sambuco for an analysis of the year from the point of view of the General Secreteriat, which has its headquarters at Rome, in Italy. Here is his analysis.

The year that has just ended has had as a high point the 2017 FIM Europe Congress in Rome. The General Secretariat was directly involved in the organization after the cancellation of the Congress scheduled in Luxembourg. In reality we are always busy organizing the Congresses but normally we are joined by the FMN hosting them. For the Rome Congress we have met every need with the limited human resources we have available, ensuring at the same time ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary) activities. The result has however filled me with pride and for this I thank the staff once again.
My glance at the recent past cannot but dwell once again on the activity we have already started in 2011, but which has been consolidated above all in the last four years: the historical documentation of all the activities carried out during the years by FIM Europe. Everything that has happened in the past, the actions taken by people and the big and small facts of the history of FIM Europe represent our historical memory. This must also represent a starting point for new initiatives that cannot do without what has been done in the past. To manage the FIM Europe Archive the General Secretariat performs its duties and functions in accordance with archival principles, with regard to the creation, maintenance and disposition of current and semi-current records, including electronic and multimedia records, the selection and acquisition of records for archival custody, the safeguarding, preservation and conservation of archives in their care, and the arrangement, description, publication and making available for use of those documents.

“Tempus fugit”. We are going to close another four years. It was a four-year period full of activities and communication. I believe that the organizational efforts to create the best working conditions for General Assembly, Management Council, Executive Board, Commissions, Panels, Working Groups have given excellent results in terms of efficiency and comfort in relation to travels, accommodation and meeting rooms. The new formulas of meetings for the Sporting and Non-Sporting Commissions that have seen the constant presence of the President and Council Presidents have certainly facilitated a great circulation of information among the Members and the consolidation of their identity and sense of belonging.

Looking nowadays
We are constantly working to increase efficiency levels and streamline procedures. Once we have reached the necessary level of quality, standardization and computerization (objectively very close to be achieved) we will also be able to offer a “turnkey” package aimed at managing a CONU, in case one of our “sisters” CONU wants to use it.
We continue our research into best practices within the European FMNs administrations with the aim of enhancing and communicating virtuous practices and making them available to FMNs who need them. I must say that on these occasions it is a pleasure to deepen the knowledge of my colleagues Secretaries General with whom we are gradually creating an even greater interaction. It is thanks to this interaction that mutual trust is created and that level of friendly confidence that improves the flow of information and the solution of problems.
Even the occasions represented by the events of the FIM Europe Club contribute significantly to this.

I must say that I am really satisfied with the relationship that has been created with most of our European colleagues!
Another front on which we are working transversely at the continental level is that of education. The recent Advanced Course in Motorcycling Management held at the University of the Foro Italico in Rome sees collaborations with other Countries under consideration from the next edition. There is already a collaboration with the University of Nurburgring (GER) and contacts are under way with Great Britain and Portugal.

A look forward
All the challenges that the future will impose on us (socio-demographic changes, new commercial scenarios with repercussions on the circulating fleet of motorcycles in Europe, evolution of autonomous driving of cars with implications on the safety of the circulation of two wheels, continuous new legislative scenarios with repercussions on the sporting practice of motorcycling, environmental issues, etc.) presuppose the possession of the only quality that will enable us to overcome these challenges: the Resiliency, in other terms, the ability to recover quickly from difficulties.
Above all, we Administrations will have to guarantee to our Governance the possibility of having Executive Staff constantly updated on the different emerging issues so that we can prepare the necessary answers. These answers will necessarily have to provide high quality levels and very short reaction times. Today it is unthinkable not to react short times but to do this we need the right subjective skills, specific knowledge and flexibility.
This is the only solution to produce an adequate output.
This will be our duty, as FIM Europe Administration, for the future.