The purpose of the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA) is to be the trusted voice of the European asphalt paving industry. With 39 Members and Associated Members, EAPA already represents the majority of the asphalt pavement industry and engages in asphalt road construction and maintenance in the whole of Europe.
EAPA is, and its mission is to remain the acknowledged contact point for its members, other industry organisations and of course the European Institutions. Being based in Brussels at the heart of the European Union, EAPA already represents its members successfully at the European level.
Why is such an association needed?
Over 90% of the total road network has an asphalt surface. There are over 4,000 production sites in Europe and over 10,000 companies are involved in production and/or laying of asphalt. 90% of the companies can be classified as Small and Medium sized Enterprises. In order to make the voice of the industry heard at the European level, an active and influential European Association is needed; whose aims are promoting the effective use of asphalt in the construction and maintenance of roads throughout Europe. Additionally, EAPA's mission is to take a proactive approach in presenting the industry's position on the relevant issues in order to have a substantial input to, and impact on European legislation and standards relevant to the Asphalt paving industry.
How does EAPA achieve this?
EAPA is highly engaged in Committee Work, in particular on Health, Safety, Environment and Technical Issues. It is represented in CEN-activities in connection with European Standardisation. It takes part in several European Research and Development Programmes (e.g. FP7 Programmes of the Commission), maintains a close relationship with the European Commission and the European Parliament and engages in regular discussions and meetings with the other like-minded organisations. Moreover, EAPA also publishes various position papers or data collections, such as the annual "Asphalt in Figures" publication. EAPA organises several highly anticipated events e.g. the quadrennial EAPA Symposium (2010 in Madrid) and the quadrennial E&E Congress, the latter together with Eurobitume.
Furthermore, EAPA also maintains close ties with asphalt producers in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan and is thus part of a global network, GAPA, taking up the challenge of creating infrastructure designed to improve the progress of regional economies on a global scale in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.