FIA Presidential candidate Ari Vatanen hits back at outgoing incumbent Max Mosley's contention that he will lose the approaching election 'and lose badly' – by threatening the Englishman with legal action for having been 'the first to violate the principle of neutrality...'
Re: Election to the Presidency of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
I believe it is my obligation to officially state that the campaign for the Presidency of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile is not taking place in accordance with the principle of neutrality which should apply.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile is a non-profit organisation with its headquarters in Paris, France and is governed by French law.
Pursuant to French law, the operation of non-profit organisations is governed by general legal principles.
Among these general principles, applicable to elections, the principle of equality among all candidates is enshrined in the French Constitution and the corollary to this principle of equality is the principle of neutrality, which all persons must adopt who due to their position have a particular influence on voters.
The breach of this principle of neutrality during election campaigns, when aimed at distorting the results of the election, is punishable by all of the French Courts.
This is why the rulings of the highest Administrative Court – the French Council of State – have constantly punished the violation of the principle of neutrality in connection with the election of Members of the French Parliament, Regional Councils, Municipal Councils and the Senate.
The French Court of Cassation has ruled likewise in a great number of decisions handed down, in particular those decisions rendered in connection with elections for Trade Representatives, Members of Works' Councils and Employee Representatives.
The obligation of neutrality must be complied with, not only by those persons whose positions allow them to influence voters, but also by any person or organisation in a position of subordinate, supplier, advisor or having a 'common interest'.
In the current campaign for the election of the President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, the principle of neutrality has been flouted constantly by the FIA, certain paid staff members and the employees of certain organisations dependent on the FIA which use the funds made available by the FIA, such as the FIA Foundation for example.
However, you were the first to violate the principle of neutrality.