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Exclusive: EU-FIA Deal Delayed Due to Error in Notice

Monday August 6th, 2001

By Thomas O'Keefe

The settlement between the European Union, the FIA and the FOA will not be sealed until at least next month, due to errors in the EU's official notice.

The European Commission's Notice exposing the settlement to public comment, which was published in the Official Journal of the European Commission, was flawed. The English language notice, published on June 13th 2001, established a 30-day comment period, which expired on July 13th 2001. But the French language notice, published on the same day, had an expiration date of August 13th 2001, and the Portugese language version, also published on June 13th, set no outside date for comment.

European Commission spokesman Michelle Tscherny told Atlas F1 that to cure the technical deficiencies in the conflicting notices, the period for third-party comments shall now expire on September 1st 2001.

Meanwhile, the McLaren and Williams teams have written to the Commission as to the affect of the European Commission settlement on the existing Concorde Agreement, apparently questioning whether the settlement could become final without amendments to the Concorde Agreement agreed upon by the teams.

The Commission declined, as a matter of policy, to share these letters or any other third party comments with Atlas F1. Nevertheless, the mischief as to the European Commission settlement can theoretically continue until September 1st 2001, when the case will be almost four years old.

Published at 17:12:38 GMT

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