JULY 12, 1999
F1 greets new European Commission
EUROPEAN COMMISSION President Romano Prodi has named his new team of Commissioners and the Competition portfolio has gone to his fellow countryman Mario Monti.
This is good news for Formula 1 which was not enjoyed its relationship with the outgoing commissioner Karel Van Miert. FIA President Max Mosley said that the Belgian was "happily, a spent force" and that he hoped that "under the new regime we can look forward to a phase of rational discussion, rather than a continuance of the confrontation which has dominated during two of the five last years of the Commission."
It will help that Britain's Neil Kinnock - who was the Transport Commissioner (and did a lot of work with the FIA) - has been promoted to the post of Vice-President of the Commission under Prodi.