The European Anglers Federation (EAF) was established as the European Anglers Forum, an open association of European sports and recreational angling federations. The foundations of EAF were laid in Visegrad on 22 June 2005 by founding the Visegrad 4 Forum, by the Declaration of Representatives of the angling unions and federations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia about mutual co-operation. In 2006 two more consultation meetings of EAF foundation members – in Břeclav and in Bratislava - were held. EAF Statutes were adopted on 21 September 2007 in Prague-Průhonice as an essential legal document of the newly established European organization. At that time federations from Germany and Austria became members too. At the meeting of the EAF Presidential Council, which was held on 16 May 2008 in Vienna, the program of EAF activities was accepted. The next meeting of the EAF Presidential Council was held in Dresden on 19 April 2009. Another Anglers federation – FNPF from France - was accepted as an EAF member. On 18 March 2010, the Council of Presidents had a meeting in Warsaw, and the second one was held in Prague on 26 February 2011. At this meeting some modifications of the EAF Statutes were accepted and a new Board was elected. In Prague the Belgium Anglers Federation was also accepted as the next full member of EAF. The next meeting was held in Žilina on 25 November 2011, where the Italian and Croatian Anglers Federations were accepted as new members of EAF. The change of the name from the European Anglers Forum to the European Anglers Federation was also accepted in Žilina. On 12 October 2012, the EAF meeting in Brussels was held. The participants of this meeting visited the premises of the European Parliament and the European Commission and met Pavel Poc, MEP. At this meeting, the Swiss Anglers Federation was adopted as a new EAF member. At the next meeting of the EAF Presidential Council, held in Paris on 12 October 2013, the representatives of both united German Anglers Federations were present there for the first time. The first and long-term EAF President, Ferenc Szalay, resigned due to his election as the President of CIPS. The last EAF Presidential Council meeting was held in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland) on 18 October 2014. At this meeting, the new EAF Board was elected for the period 2015 – 2017. The European Anglers Federation currently consists of 11 member federations and represents the interests of more than 3.5 million European sports and recreational anglers.