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The idea of creating a European Asphalt Association was first raised in 1972, at the Third International Conference on the Structural Design of Asphalt Pavements (“the 3rdAnn Arbor conference”) in London. Only one year after the initial idea, a meeting took place in Germany where representatives from several national asphalt associations met to initiate concrete actions to lay the basis of forming a European wide association.

On 14 October 1973, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK reached a decision which formally founded the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA).