The draft list of dates for the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship was published on Friday.

Following a meeting of the FIA Rally Commission in Geneva last month, Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter, revealed a twelve-round schedule, which is due for final ratification by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Paris in December.

It features three events on snow and ice as part of the exciting new ERC Winter Challenge, two on gravel, four entirely on asphalt and three on a combination of asphalt and gravel, with a more even spread of rallies from January to November.

Eight rounds included this season remain on the schedule for 2014 with three legendary events returning to the ERC after several years of absence: the Acropolis Rally, the Circuit of Ireland Rally and the Cyprus Rally.

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Meanwhile, auto24 Rally Estonia is a new addition to the ERC calendar having hosted a round of the European Historic Sporting Rally Championship in recent years.

As previously announced, the 2014 ERC season kicks off with two winter events, the 31 Int. J?nnerrallye, Ober?sterreich in Austria (3-5 January) and Rally Liepja in Latvia (31 January-2 February). A third winter event, Sibiu Rally Romania, has now been confirmed from 27 February-1 March and will form part of the all-new ERC Winter Challenge, which will carry its own points and awards. The popular rally in Transylvania is switching from its traditional July slot and will include a stage on the famous Transfgran mountain pass.

The ERC calendar for 2014 is further enhanced by the inclusion of the Acropolis Rally, Circuit of Ireland Rally and the Cyprus Rally, three flagship events.

The Acropolis Rally, previously Greece's round of the World Rally Championship, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014. Taking place from 28-30 March, it is one of the most famous rallies on the international calendar and will include asphalt and gravel stages when it runs next year.

The Circuit of Ireland Rally first took place in 1931, making it the third oldest in existence. Using asphalt stages in Northern Ireland, the rally is scheduled for 17-19 April.

The Cyprus Rally will take place from 19-21 September over a mixed-surface route. It returns to the ERC roster for the first time since 1999.

Eight rounds of next year's ERC formed part of the 2013 calendar. The 49th SATA Rallye A?ores moves from late April to 15-17 May, while Belgium's Geko Ypres Rally will take place from 19-21 June. Barum Czech Rally Zl?n is scheduled for 29-31 August. Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland is due to run from 23-25 October with Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse switching from mid-May to the final round from 6-8 November subject to the signing of the event promoter agreement. ERC newcomer auto24 Rally Estonia will run from 17-19 July.

Fran?ois Ribeiro, Motorsport Development Director, Eurosport Events, said: "We're delighted to announce the ERC calendar for 2014, our second season promoting the championship under our agreement with the FIA. We've included some of the best events in Europe over an 11-month spread to facilitate logistics for the teams. We have achieved a good split of surfaces and will visit a number of key markets.

"As well as showcasing several emerging rallies, we're also incorporating several legendary events famous throughout the world. Allied with a number of new initiatives to be announced soon, the revamped calendar gives us great cause for optimism for the year ahead."

2014 FIA European Rally Championship - provisional calendar*

3-5 January 31 Int. J?nnerrallye, Ober?sterreich (Austria) Asphalt/snow
31 January-2 February Rally Liepja (Latvia) Gravel/snow
27 February-1 March Sibiu Rally Romania Gravel/snow
28-30 March Acropolis Rally (Greece) Asphalt/gravel
17-19 April Circuit of Ireland Rally (United Kingdom) Asphalt
15-17 May 49th SATA Rallye A?ores (Portugal) Gravel
19-21 June Geko Ypres Rally (Belgium) Asphalt
17-19 July auto24 Rally Estonia (Estonia) Gravel
29-31 August Barum Czech Rally Zl?n (Czech Republic) Asphalt
19-21 September Cyprus Rally (Cyprus) Asphalt/gravel
23-25 October Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland) Asphalt/gravel
6-8 November Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse (France) Asphalt**

*Subject to ratification by the FIA World Motor Sport Council
**Subject to the signing of the event promoter agreement

Note: Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingl?s (Spain); Croatia Rally; Rally Poland and Rallye Sanremo (Italy) all drop off the 2014 ERC schedule. Poland though, now forms part of the 2014 WRC calendar.