COLIBI was founded on 1 March 1973 under the full name “COmité de LIaison des Fabricants Européens de BIcyclettes”.


President: Mr René Takens (Accell Group)
Vice-President: Mr Massimo Panzeri (Atala SpA)
Secretary General: Ms Greet Engelen


The General Assembly consists of the members of COLIBI and meets at least twice a year. The President or, if he is unavailable, the Vice-President, chairs the meetings.


14 different European countries are represented within COLIBI via their national, professional associations.

COLIBI is member of:

  • the Velo City Council

COLIBI is supporter of:

  • the E-TOUR project (Electric Two-wheelers on Urban Roads

COLIBI has a Liaison status with:

  • CEN Technical Committee 333 ‘Cycles’


COLIBI and COLIPED merged to become CONEBI, the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry. Please visit the new website

Dossiers – Legislative

Consumer guarantees


“Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 1999 on certain aspects of the sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees”.

Brief contents:

The Directive concludes a minimum harmonization of the different national regulations & laws and is set to ensure a uniform minimum level of consumer protection in the context of the internal market. The seller must deliver goods to the consumer, which are in conformity with the contract of sale. In the case of a lack of conformity, the consumer shall be entitled to have the goods brought into conformity – free of charge – by repair or replacement of the good. Under certain conditions, the consumer may obtain a reduction of the price of the good or he can have the contract rescinded. Member states may adopt or maintain in force more stringent provisions to ensure a higher level of consumer protection.

Current situation:

Member states have to comply with this Directive as from 1 January 2002. By 7 July 2006 at the latest, the EC will review the application of this Directive.

Product Safety


“Council Directive 92/59/EEC of 29 June 1992 on general product safety”The general product safety directive has 2 complimentary objectives:

  • ensuring a high and consistent level of protection for consumer health and safety throughout Europe;
  • the proper functioning of the Internal Market.

29 May 2001:Publication (OJ C 154 E) of the “Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on general product safety” (2001/C 154 E/24). The proposal imposes a general safety requirement on any product put on the market for consumers or likely to be used by them, including all products that provide a service and excluding second-hand products that have antique value or that need to be repaired.15 January 2002: publication in the Official Journal (L11) of “Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on General Product Safety”.

Some changes, compared to the 1992 Directive:

  • Simplification and more efficient emergency procedures to ban the marketing of certain products or to withdraw products from shops or to recall products that consumers already bought. Rapid market intervention measures (Rapid Information System = RAPEX) can be taken by the Commission in cases of a ‘serious risk requiring rapid action’ for up to a 1-year period as opposed to the current 3-month limit;
  • Manufacturers and distributors will be legally obliged to inform the authorities if they conclude a product they supply is dangerous;
  • Addition of the prohibition on the export of products banned in the EU to third countries;
  • Strengthening of a) the obligations and powers of national surveillance authorities and b) sanctions at national level.

Current situation:

15 January 2004: entry into force of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD).

EPAC – Electric Power-Assisted Cycles


17 June 1999: entry into force of the European type-approval for motorised 2 and 3 wheelers. Without exemption, EPACs would have to meet the requirements of the type-approval, whilst these procedures are not adapted to electric cycles. In 1998, the bicycle industry started their lobby in view of excluding EPACs from the scope of this European Directive. This resulted in a new proposal of the European Commission to exempt EPACs up to 250 W (motor output limit) and with a maximum motor assistance up to 25 km/h. The European bicycle manufacturing industry was very pleased with this outcome. The EC presented the proposal to the European Parliament and Council.

Current situation:

09 May 2002: publication of “Directive 2002/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 March 2002 relating to the type-approval of two or three-wheel motor vehicles and repealing Council Directive 92/61/EEC”. With the publication of this Directive, the legal status of electric power-assisted cycles is finally confirmed. The exemption of EPACs is formulated as follows: “Cycles with pedal assistance which are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor having a maximum continuous rated power of 0.25 kW, of which the output is progressively reduced and finally cut off as the vehicle reaches a speed of 25 km/h, or sooner, if the cyclist stops pedalling”. EPACs that are covered by this exemption are therefore considered as bicycles. Directive 2002/24/EC stipulates that “Member States shall bring into force, before 9 May 2003, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive”.  From that day, the new European provision will definitely replace the existing national legislation/regulations on EPACs.

EPAC regulation in the EU Member States before 09 May 2002

Austria bicycle no 20 km/h 400 W no no 12 (5)
Belgium bicycle no no 300 W no no no
Denmark bicycle no 25 km/h 250 W no no no
Finland bicycle no 25 km/h 250 W no no no
France bicycle no 25 km/h 500 W no no no
Germany bicycle no (3) 25 km/h 250 W no no no
Italy bicycle no no 250 W no no no
Luxembourg bicycle no no no no no no
Netherlands bicycle (1) no 25 km/h 250 W yes (4) no no
Spain EPAC (2) yes 25 km/h 500 W no yes no
Sweden moped yes 30 km/h no yes yes 15
UK bicycle no (3) 15 mph 200 W no no 14
(*) Speed limit = limit to which assistance by the electric motor is given
(1) Based on a gentlemen’s agreement between the industry and the national government and only for as long as the European Commission does not rule otherwise.
(2) Following Real Decreto Español 2822 (23 Dec.1998), the vehicle is considered as a power-assisted bicycle.
Germany: vehicles should comply with the DIN-standard for bicycles
UK: homologation according to British standard for bicycles
(4) Moped insurance
(5) When unattended
Portugal There was no specific Portuguese legislation/regulation concerning electric cycles (EPACs).

5th Motor Insurance Directive: EC Proposal

7 June 2002: publication of the European Commission’s proposal – COM (2002) 244 final – for a new motor insurance Directive (Fifth Motor Insurance Directive).The proposal aims to make it easier for people to find car insurance for a temporary stay in another Member State. It will also make it easier to get short-term insurance covering cars bought outside the owner’s Member State of residence. The proposal also updates some existing provisions and would make it easier for customers to change insurance provider.AND, it aims to improve protection for pedestrians and CYCLISTS who are involved in traffic accidents. Hereto, the proposal includes a new article that states:”The insurance (…) shall cover personal injuries suffered by pedestrians and CYCLISTS as a consequence of an accident in which a motor vehicle is involved, irrespective whether the driver is at fault”. This cover does not determine the civil liability of the pedestrian or cyclist in a specific accident or the level of any award for damages, as this should be governed by the applicable national legislation. Currently, the insurance cover differs from one Member State to the other. In some Member States, the legislation already provides that pedestrians and cyclists are covered by the insurance for the vehicle involved in the accident (e.g. Belgium). In other Member States, no such insurance cover is provided (yet).

  • Meetings of the general Assembly and working groups
  • Lobby in the members’ interest towards European and national authorities
  • Exchange of information
  • Monitoring European and national developments and legislation
  • Study of technical / economic dossiers
  • Consultation with other European associations
  • Contacs with the European authorities
  • Involvement in CEN TC 333 ‘Cycles’ and its working-groups
  • Monitoring + study of possible co-operation in European programmes
  • Organisation, in co-operation with COLIPED, of a European participation in Interbike
  • Member of the Velo City Council, the body that leads the overall direction of the Velo-city conference series, and decides on the selection of host cities
  • Supporter of the E-TOUR project (Electric Two-wheelers on Urban Roads)

Promotional activities


* Taipei International Cycle Show 2003.


Interbike 2001In 2001 COLIBI organised for the first time, in co-operation with COLIPED, a joint European participation in Interbike, Las Vegas.Aim: to assist European companies in excibiting at this show. Hereto, COLIBI & COLIPED deal with a number of practicalities:

  • surface rental and negotiation on excibit location;
  • booth construction and reproduction of the logos;
  • booth equipment;
  • insertion of the excibitors’ information in the Event Guide (catalogue) of the Show;
  • general assistence before & during the show.

The main condition for participation is that the excibitor has to be a member of his national, professional association, which in turn is a member of COLIBI and/or COLIPED. As the joint European participation in Interbike is an absolute first, the associations start off with a limited number of excibitors: