During the IAAF Council meeting on April 03, 1932 in Berlin, a committee
was formed to examine the conditions for the implementation of European
Championships. In Los Angeles on August 08, 1932, the IAAF congress
confirmed the European Commission proposed in
Berlin. The first meeting of
the European Commission took place on January 14-15, 1933 in München. Here,
the regulations for European Championships were worked out and adopted at
the next IAAF Council meeting on September 23-24, 1933 in Berlin. On that
occasion, the European Commission was staffed with a chairman, honorary
secretary and five members.
After Stankovics's death, a new president should be elected at the next
IAAF congress in 1940, which was canceled due to the World War II.
Nevertheless, Halt was appointed as interim president in 1942. The IAAF
Council took over the duties of the since 1938 practically not existing
European Commission at its meeting on September 06-08, 1945.
On July 16, 1952, the IAAF Council decided to convert the European
Commission into a European Committee.
Until August 27, 1966, the European Committee was elected by all IAAF
members, afterwards by its European members only. On November 01, 1969 the
Association of the European Members of the IAAF was
constituted in Bucureşti. At its congress on November 07, 1970 in
Paris, the association transformed into the European
In 2018, the EAA has 51 national member federations.