Historic Vehicles & Culture

    European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group restarted

    On 16 October, the European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group met for the first time in the Parliament’s 2019 -2024 term under the continued Chairmanship of Bernd Lange MEP.

    Aside from Mr Lange, all the attending MEPs were new members of the parliament as none of the other previous members returned to the parliament after the elections in May. Consequently, the meeting was primarily devoted to explaining the objectives and procedures of the Group and to detailing past achievements of the Group and reviewing the regulatory environment relevant to the preservation and use of historic vehicles. This included explaining the importance of the definition of a historic vehicle and explaining and discussing the EU Transport policy objective to reduce the use of fossil-fuelled vehicles and protect the environment. Also Low Emission Zones, road pricing,  chemicals and fuel regulation were mentioned, all of which can impact on the use and preservation of historic vehicles. The Group also discussed the future mobility environment, looking notably at the impact of automation and electrification of vehicles. In that context, Tiddo Bresters, (President of FIVA’s Legislation Commission) explained FIVA’s position on the electrification of historic vehicles. The members supported FIVA’s position and also showed great enthusiasm toward supporting the Group and supporting any necessary regulatory actions to help preserve motoring heritage as part of Europe’s culture.

    The Group first was established 10 years ago, by Bernd Lange , with FIVA’s support right from the start.

    From left to right: Andrey Novakov (Bulgaria), Anna Bonfrisco (Italy), Pernille Weiss (Denmark),  Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (Greece), and Bernd Lange (Germany).

    From left to right: Fritz Cirener (VDA), Dolf Willegers (FEMA), Tiddo Bresters (FIVA), Jan Hennen (Deuvet), Andrew Turner (EPPA for FIVA), Johann König (ADAC) and Franz Graf zu Ortenburg (AvD/FIA).

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    FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) is the worldwide organisation dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture, as well as their safe use. Since April 2017, FIVA has been a non-governmental partner of UNESCO, and continues to pursue its successful FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year programme.

    For more press information, or to speak to a FIVA representative for a specific country, please contact Gautam Sen, FIVA’s Vice President Communications on, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33 9 66 12 44 64 (landline).

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    La FIVA est la seule organisation internationale de son genre à s’être fixé pour objectif l’encouragement d’une utilisation sûre des véhicules routiers historiques à propulsion mécanique au même titre que la préservation et la promotion de la culture des véhicules routiers en elle-même. En 2016, la FIVA a célébré son 50ème anniversaire avec le programme « Année du Patrimoine Automobile Mondial » sous le patronage officiel de l’UNESCO.

    Afin d’obtenir des communiqués de presse plus détaillées ou de parler à un représentant de la FIVA pour un pays spécifique, veuillez contacter Gautam Sen, directeur adjoint de la communication de la FIVA, à l’adresse, au +33 (0)6 87 16 43 39 (mobile) ou au +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (fixe).

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