The initiative of the “European Iron Trail of the MHVÖ (Montanhistorischer Verein Österreich) was declared a “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe (CE)” in Strasbourg by the decree of the CE of February 2007 and by the diploma awarded on 5 October 2007. The regulations of the CE require the establishment of an association, which took place on 11 April 2008 in Eisenstadt, Austria. The association is now publicly registered under: ZVR-Nr. 959952283