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Moped and motorcycle registrations in the EU: -3.3% in Q1 2017
02 May 2017

Combined registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in the EU have reached 254,487 units during the Q1 2017, representing a decrease of 3.3% compared to same quarter of the previous year, according to the latest figures released today by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM).

Registrations in France, the best performing market since the beginning of the year, reached 51,164 units (+3.35% compared to Q1 2016), whilst registrations in Italy went up by 1.11% (50,230 units). This contrasts with the situation in other large European markets such as Germany (42,525 units, -6.05%), Spain (28,851 units, -8.93%) and the UK (23,313 units, -14.9%).

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Commenting on the latest figures, Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of ACEM, said:

“The slowdown in the motorcycle and moped markets is the result of the final transition to the new Euro 4 standard. A large number of Euro 3 vehicles were registered in late 2016, which explains why fewer mopeds and motorcycles are being registered in the beginning of 2017”.

“We expect the market to gain positive momentum over the coming months, particularly thanks to the launch of the new models and the beginning of the motorcycle riding season. As a matter of fact, some of the largest European markets have already surpassed Q1 2016 registration levels”.

Motorcycle and moped registrations

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 193,097 units during Q1 2017 (-5.9% compared to Q1 2016). The Italian motorcycle market is currently the largest in Europe with 45,433 units registered in Q1 2017 (+1.71% compared to the same quarter of the previous year). Motorcycle registrations remained stable in France (33,884 units, +0.45%) and decreased in Germany (35,401 units, -7.12%), Spain (24,898 vehicles, -12.7%) and the UK (21,874 units, -14.28%).

Registrations in moped segment in the EU increased by 5.9% (61,390 units), led by strong growth in the two largest European markets, namely France (17,280 units, +9.5%) and the Netherlands (13,863 units, +6.47%). Moped figures remained stable in Germany (7,214 units, -0.32%) and decreased in Italy (4,797 units, -4.23%).

Registrations of electric vehicles in the EU

Total registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 5,447 units during Q1 2017, an increase of 31.5% compared to Q1 2016.

A total of 3,859 electric mopeds and 787 electric motorcycles were registered in Europe (+62% and +35.5% respectively), whilst figures for electric quadricycles went down from 1,178 to 801 (-32%) over the same period.

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Commenting on the latest industry figures Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of ACEM, said:

“The launch of new electric models to the market confirms that our sector continues to make a valuable contribution to the sustainability of Europe’s transport systems”.

“The growth of registrations of electric vehicles in the EU reflects both the increasing interest from public authorities in electromobility, and the proliferation of shared vehicle schemes across Europe”.

“At the same time, our sector still needs a consistent approach to incentives – fiscal and otherwise – for electric vehicles, as well as a greater investment in the charging network. Although some European governments have launched subsidies to incentivise sales of electric vehicles, mopeds and motorcycles are not always eligible for these schemes”.

“This situation, which creates an unequal playfield between our sector and other means of transport, should be addressed by European and national authorities”.

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical data - Q1 2017 [xls]

ACEM - Statistical press release - Q1 2017 [pdf]

ACEM - EU - Electric vehicle registrations (chart) [jpg]

ACEM - EU - Combined registrations of mopeds and motorcycles in Q1 2017 (chart) [jpg]

About ACEM

ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, is the trade association that represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. Its members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations in 14 different European countries. About 156,000 jobs in the EU depend on this economic sector.

ACEM works closely with the EU institutions and other stakeholders in a wide range of different policy-areas including road safety and mobility policies, type-approval of vehicles, environmental legislation and international trade negotiations.

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
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P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32

ACEM and IMMA host joint Spring Congress in Berlin
11 Apr 2017

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) and the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) hosted a joint Spring Congress in Berlin, from 3 April until 7 April 2017. The event was attended by close to 200 delegates, including some senior industry leaders, from Europe, India, Japan, South East Asia, and South and North America.

A new leadership for ACEM and IMMA

Both associations elected a new leadership team. The ACEM General Assembly appointed Mr Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG, as President of the association as of 1 July 2017. Mr Pierer will succeed Mr Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, who will start serving as Vice-President of ACEM on the same date. The association will also have a new Vice-President: Mr Michele Colaninno, who is member of Piaggio’s board of directors as well as CEO and COO of the Immsi Group.

The IMMA General Assembly appointed a Vice-President: Mr Johannes Loman, who currently serves as Executive Vice President Director of PT Astra Honda Motor, President of the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI) as well as President of the Indonesian Motorcycle Industries Association (AISI). Mr Loman will work closely with Mr Stephan Schaller, the current President of IMMA.

Key topics discussed during the Congress

As part of the Congress, ACEM and IMMA organised an international conference on motorcycling and sustainability. The discussions addressed a wide range of issues including the challenges and opportunities for motorcycling in urban areas, recent developments in the fields of sustainability and road safety, and the need for further harmonisation of technical regulations at global level.

Panellists included renowned policy experts and representatives of civil society organisations: Stefano Ammirati (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, FIA), Edwin Bastiaensen (International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association), Antonio Erario (Italian Ministry of Transport, UNECE), Vito Ippolito (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, FIM), Hannes Jaenicke (actor, author and motorcycle rider), Angel Lopez (Barcelona’s City Council), Dr. Margie Peden (World Health Organization) and Prof. Fred Wegman (International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group).

Photos of the Spring Congress

View the embedded image gallery online at:
https://acem.eu/itemlist?start=32#sigProId0faa5f2aaf

About the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) represents the combined skills and interests of the powered two- and three-wheelers manufacturing industry at the global level. It promotes mobility through safe, sustainable motorcycling by advocating the development and harmonisation of technical regulations affecting the motorcycle industry and by advancing inclusive policies for motorcycling. IMMA members include regional and national industry associations from Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, South-East Asia and the United States.

About the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 18 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations. About 156,300 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.

Press contact

For further information or to receive future ACEM news and press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32
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The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers elects new top management
06 Apr 2017

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) has elected a new leadership team during its 2017 Spring Congress celebrated in Berlin. Mr Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG, will become President of ACEM as of 1 July 2017. He will succeed Mr Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, who will start serving as Vice-President of ACEM on the same date.

The European Association will also have a new Vice-President: Mr Michele Colaninno, who is member of Piaggio & C. SpA’s board of directors as well as CEO and COO of the Immsi Group, which controls the Piaggio Group and also holds investments in a number of important Italian industrial groups.

Mr Stephan Schaller said: “I am delighted to announce that Mr Pierer will become the President of our European association. He is a widely-respected business leader with substantial global experience and an excellent choice by our General Assembly to continue leading ACEM”.

Mr Stefan Pierer said: “Mr Schaller has done an excellent job at positioning ACEM for the future. I know I speak for the whole European motorcycle community in stating how much this work is appreciated. I look forward to start my term as President and to work for a stronger association that promotes motorcycling across Europe”.

Mr Michele Colaninno said: “The Presidium will work to ensure that issues such as free trade, road safety and environmental protection remain at the core of the work done at ACEM, taking into account the strategic directions adopted by the European institutions”.

About ACEM

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 18 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations. About 156,300 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.

About Mr Michele Colaninno

Michele Colaninno was born on 23 November 1976 in Mantua. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from the Catholic University of Milan. He is CEO of Omniaholding S.p.A., the holding that controls the Immsi S.p.A. company, which has interests in finance, real estate and manufacturing through a series of equity investments, with turnover of more than 1.3 billion euro (2016). Michele Colaninno is CEO and COO of the Immsi Group, which controls the Piaggio Group and holds investments in a number of important Italian industrial groups.

In addition to his positions as CEO of Omniainvest S.p.A. and Chairman of the Board of ISM Investimenti S.p.A., he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Piaggio Fast Forward Inc. (headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), Vice-President of ACEM and director on the boards of Piaggio & C. S.p.A., Intermarine S.p.A., RCN Finanziaria S.p.A., Is Molas S.p.A., Immsi Audit S.c.a.r.l.

From April 2010 to August 2016, he was Deputy Chairman and a Director of Banca Popolare di Mantova.

About Mr Stefan Pierer

An Austrian national, Mr Stefan Pierer he began his career in 1982 at HOVAL GmbH in Marchtrenk as sales assistant and then later as sales manager and authorised officer. In 1987, he founded the CROSS holding group (now KTM Industries group) in which he acts as shareholder and member of the Board of Directors.

He is also the Chairman of the board at Pankl Racing Systems AG.

He graduated from the Montan-University in Leoben (Business and Energy Management).

About Mr Stephan Schaller

Stephan Schaller is a mechanical engineer with 30 years of experience in the automotive sector. He serves as President of BMW Motorrad, the motorcycle brand of the BMW Group since 2012, as President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) since 2014, as well as President of the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) since 2016.

Mr. Schaller has held a large number of management positions in different companies including Member of the Production Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Spokesman for the same Board. He is also Member of the Supervisory Boards of Voith GmbH and TÜV Nord AG. Mr. Schaller began his professional career in in the Technology division of the BMW Group in 1981, and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the RWTH Aachen University.

Documents available to download

Press release - The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) elects new top management [pdf]

Photo 1 - From left to right - Mr Schaller, Mr Pierer, Mr Colaninno (high resolution)

Photo 2 - From left to right - Mr Colaninno, Mr Pierer, Mr Schaller (high resolution)

Photo 3 - From left to right - Mr Schaller, Mr Pierer (high resolution)

Photo 4 - From left to right - Mr Pierer, Mr Schaller (high resolution)

Press contact

For further information or to receive future ACEM news and press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32
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European registrations of motorcyles and mopeds up by 9.1% compared to 2015
20 Feb 2017

According to the latest data published today by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in the EU have increased by 9.1% in 2016 compared to the the previous year. Total registrations in 2016 reached 1,307,200 units, with substantial increases in all of the largest European markets.

France remains the largest European market for light vehicles (253,067 units, +4.2% in 2016), followed by Italy (219,865 units, +11.8%), Germany (174,264 units, +15.1%), Spain (172,176 units, +15.9%) and the UK (128,637 units, +11.7%).

Strong growth in the motorcycle segment across Europe

In 2016 European registrations of motorcycles (i.e. vehicles with two- or three wheels and an engine capacity of more than 50cc) grew by 13.3% compared to 2015. The largest market for motorcycles in Europe was Italy, with 195,290 units registered (+13.5% on a year-on-year basis).

Other largest European motorcycle markets also showed positive trends: 174,624 vehicles were registered in Germany (+15.1%); 163,335 in France (+6.6%), 155,003 in Spain (+17%) and 119,889 in the UK (+13.4%).

Moped registrations in Europe

Registrations of mopeds (i.e. vehicles with two or three wheels and an engine capacity of 50cc or less) increased in some of the major European markets such as Spain (17,173 units, +7.6%) and the Netherlands (67,825 units, +2.9%), and remained stable in France (89,732 units, +0.1%) and Italy (24,575 units, -0.2%). A total of 327,826 mopeds were registered in Europe in 2016, representing a decrease of 3.5% on a year-on year basis.

Registrations by cylinder capacity

Most motorcycles, mopeds and quadricycles registered in Europe in 2016 have a cyclinder capacity of less than 125 cc (672,551 units, 49%). Vehicles with a cyclinder capacity between 126cc and 500cc accounted for 19% of the total (268,103 units), quite close to the number of registered vehicles with engines between 500c and 1000cc (20.6%, 283,868 units). Lastly, vehicles with engines of 1000cc or more totalled 150,444 units (10.9% of the total).

Registrations of electric vehicles

The largest markets for electrically-propelled mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles were: France (7,396 units), the Netherlands (5,203 units), Italy (2,385 units), Spain (1,604 units) and Germany (1,501 units). Of all mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles registered in the EU, 1.6% were electric vehicles. Internal combustion vehicles and vehicles equipped with hybrid propulsion represented 98.4% of the total registrations.

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The Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), Antonio Perlot (Italian) said:

  • “2016 has been a very positive year for the industry, with registrations increasing in most European countries, particularly in the largest European markets: France (253,067 units), Italy (219,865 units), Germany (174,264 units), Spain (172,176 units) and the UK (128,637 units)”.
  • “Strong demand for light vehicles across Europe is a testament to their inherent advantages. Mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles have reduced purchasing and running costs, are easier to park than cars, and reduce travelling times and congestion in cities”.
  • “Nothwithstanding this, our sector still faces a delicate situation. Although more than 1.3 million vehicles were registered in Europe in 2016, that figure is about half the 2.43 million units registered in 2007 before the economic crisis hit”. 
  • “According to our latest estimates, about 156,000 jobs are generated directly or indirectly by our sector in the EU. Activities such as manufacturing of vehicles, parts and componentes, as well as in repair and maintenance of vehicles, or manufacturing of protective equipment to name just a few examples, create jobs all over Europe, particularly in countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain and the UK”.
  • “Exports of motorcycles, parts and accesories to foreign countries are essential to sustaining jobs in the motorcycle sector in Europe. In addition to a stronger domestic European market, we need a European trade policy that not only secures strategic free trade agreements with key partners but also one that prevents protectionist policies abroad”.

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical data - December 2016 [xls]

ACEM - Statistical press release - December 2016 [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future ACEM news and press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32
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ACEM together with other key manufacturing associations ask for a renewed EU industrial strategy
16 Feb 2017

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) and other leading European manufacturing associations have reached a cross-industry agreement on the need for the European Union to develop a new and ambitious industrial strategy.

The landmark “Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy” released today calls on the European Commission to reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline; to urgently adopt an Action Plan to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing; and to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on progress.

The signatories of the declaration “are ready to step up our cooperation with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Competitiveness Council” in order to define and implement “an ambitious and coordinated European industrial strategy” to help safeguard the world leadership of European manufacturers.

The motion is supported by 92 industry associations which directly employ about 34 million people across all EU Member States in supply chains comprising hundreds of thousands of SMEs and larger suppliers.

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Commenting on the joint declaration ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “The motorcycle industry in Europe welcomes this joint declaration as an important milestone to promote much-needed cooperation between manufacturing industries, European Union authorities and national administrations”.

“We do hope that the EU institutions and particularly the Ministers and Secretaries of States that will meet on 20 February 2017 to discuss the competitiveness of the European industry will take note of the call of Europe’s key manufacturing sectors”.

“ACEM members fully support the European 20% target of industry's share in Europe's GDP by 2020. In order to achieve this important target, the motorcycle industry needs a clear and predictable type-approval framework that is technically feasible and based on solid economic assessments, as well as a reasonable lead-time to adjust to it”.

“It is also important that Europe remains an attractive business environment. Some of the areas where government action can make a positive difference include: innovation spending, invesment in people’s skills, well designed tax regimes and smart trade policies that promotes access to key markets and avoid increases in protectionist measures abroad”.

Documents available to download

Joint declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy (pdf)

Press contact

For further information or to receive future ACEM news and press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32
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Note for editors

ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, is the trade association that represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations in 14 different European countries. About 156,300 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.

ACEM works closely with the EU institutions, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders, in different policy-areas. These include type-approval of L-category vehicles, environmental legislation, road safety and transport policies, international trade negotiations, etc.

Press release - United States considering additional custom duties on European exports of motorcycles
31 Jan 2017

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) is deeply concerned about the current decision of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to consider imposing additional customs duties of up to 100% on European motorcycle exports between 51cc and 500cc as of March 2017. This potential measure follows a formal petition to the USTR from the American beef industry, which has requested the opening of a Section 301 proceeding under the 1974 US Trade Act. This seeks to impose additional duties on EU exports to the US as a retaliatory measure against EU restrictions on American beef imports.

The new motorcycle tariff currently under consideration could not only inflict considerable damage to European companies that manufacture goods used by American citizens for both leisure and mobility. It would also negatively affect US small- and medium- enterprises that provide distribution, dealership and repair services, and could potentially lead to the destruction of thousands of jobs in the US.

ACEM, in line with the motorcycle sector at large in Europe and in the United States, calls on the USTR to properly assess this potential measure and to avoid creating an artificial and counterproductive trade barrier that will certainly not encourage a favourable resolution of the beef dispute and that will be damaging for both the EU and the US economies.

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ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:

“There is no justification for this measure, and the motorcycle sector should not be dragged into trade disputes over food products. ACEM, as the representative of motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, is following this issue closely and presented its observations before the USTR to obtain an immediate exclusion of European motorcycles from the list of products subject to increased duties”.

“We should be looking for new opportunities to promote transatlantic commerce and increase prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, instead of creating new artificial barriers that hurt European companies, reduce American consumers’ choice and harm jobs in the US”.

“Unilateral measures such as this one will not encourage a favourable resolution of the beef dispute. ACEM calls on the USTR to properly assess the potential measure and counts on the support of the European Commission to ensure that European companies can compete in the US market on fair terms and are not hindered by artificial and counterproductive trade barriers”.

Press contact

For further information or to receive future ACEM news and press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32
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Background

  • ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, is the trade association that represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations in 14 different European countries. About 156,300 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.
  • ACEM works closely with the EU institutions, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders, in different policy-areas. These include type-approval of L-category vehicles, environmental legislation, road safety and transport policies, international trade negotiations, etc.
  • The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is a Cabinet member who serves as the President’s principal trade adviser, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. He is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity and direct investment policy.
  • Under Section 301 of the US Trade Act of 1974, the USTR is entitled to take unilateral actions and to impose duties upon foreign exports. It is not the first time the European motorcycle industry is targeted by the USTR. In 1999 and 2008, European motorcycles had also been included in – and subsequently removed – from a similar retaliation list.

More information

Comments on the request to reinstate action taken in connection with the EU measures concerning meat and meat products
30 Jan 2017

At the request of the US beef industry, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has initiated Section 301 proceedings seeking to impose additional duties on certain EU exports to the U.S., including motorcycles fitted with engines between 51cc and 500cc. These additional duties (up to 100%) would intervene in the context of a 20 years long dispute between the EU and the U.S. over an EU decision to ban imports of beef and beef products produced from animals to which hormones have been administered for growth-promotion purposes.

ACEM strongly believes that the measures under consideration by the USTR will not be effective in encouraging a favorable resolution of the dispute, could lead to overcompensation of the damage alleged by US beef exporters, in violation of WTO rules, and most importantly will reduce US consumers’ choice and could cause economic harm and job losses in the US in the motorcycle sector at large.

ACEM requests an exclusion of motorcycles from the proposed list (as presented in Annex 1 of the USTR notice) before additional duties are imposed.

Documents available to download

ACEM - Comments USTR-2016-0025 [pdf]

ACEM, ACEA, FuelsEurope and UPEI urge Member States to incorporate into domestic law new standards for fuel identifiers
24 Jan 2017

The Motorcycle Industry in Europe (ACEM), the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), the Union Pétrolière Européenne Indépendante (UPEI) and FuelsEurope have issued a joint letter asking EU Member States to plan their legislation transposing the EU Directive on Alternative Fuel Infrastructure (DAFI) to take into account the national standards for fuel identifiers that are currently being developed at national level.

These new standards, which will be based on the recently adopted CEN standard EN 16942, will provide for common fuel identifiers that will be placed on new vehicles and fuel pumps. This will allow consumers to know which fuels can be used to refill their vehicles at all filling stations across Europe. The European Commission has already informed national authorities that the new standards must be applied for all new vehicles and fuel pumps as of 12 October 2018.

ACEM, ACEA, UPEI and FuelsEurope will organise common communication activities to inform customers about the new fuel identifiers, and welcome the participations in this initiative of organisations representing European consumers and drivers.

Documents available to download

Joint letter - Implementation of article 7 of the DAFI [pdf]

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