Motorway construction activities began to intensify in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. The use was made of the concession model, already known in the 19th century when it facilitated construction of railways and other infrastructure projects.
After many initiatives, leaders of European motorway associations, especially those from France, Italy and Spain, formed in 1973 the association called SECAP (Société Européenne des Concessionaires d’Autoroutes à Péage), and thus forged foundations for a durable cooperation.
Exchanging information and experience, participating in research programmes and further developing and enhancing the direct "user/payer" toll system as an instrument of a sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly transport policy;
strengthening the efficiency of their networks and permanently improving the level of services provided to the European citizens, by keeping up with the latest technology developments and the best operational practices.