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Profile of registrant

UNI MEI Global Union

Identification number in the register: 82864476764-79
Registration date: 22/09/11 18:58:14

The information on this organisation was last modified on 09/09/14 09:33:08
The date of the last annual update was 09/09/14 09:33:08

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: UNI MEI Global Union
Acronym: UNI MEI
Legal status: association de fait
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade unions

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Oliver Roethig
Position: Regional Secretary, UNI Europa

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Johannes Studinger
Position: Head of UNI MEI

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 40 Rue de Joseph II 
Brussels 1000
Telephone number: (+322) 2345652
Fax number: (+322) 2350870
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: UNI MEI Global Union affiliates over 160 unions & guilds in more than 70 countries world wide representing over 375 000 creators, technicians and other workers in the media, entertainments and arts. In Europe, UNI MEI has 70 member organisations throughout the EU and other European countries.

The UNI MEI Secretariat based in Brussels serves as a point of contact for its affiliates and the members they represent in the increasingly internationalised creative industries. It is a clearing house for information useful to them, particularly that regarding binational or multinational productions, or movement of workers across national borders. It is concerned with issues ranging from ownership structural evolution, trade policy and technological change to copyright and neighbouring rights, piracy and censorship. It acts to exchange information about collective agreements, legal standards and practices.

UNI MEI Global Union represents the common positions of the categories it represents at an international level vis-à-vis employers and their associations and inter-governmental organisations, such as the EU Institutions.

The priorities of UNI MEI set by its General Assembly are:

To build strategic union power through implementation of strategic campaigns to ensure trade union rights and decent work in global and regional media and entertainment companies. We work towards a global framework agreement with global and regional media and entertainment companies.

To grow unions and give a global dimension to trade union recruitment. We will give priority to organising campaigns assisting unions through organising projects and solidarity initiatives to win union access, recognition and agreements.

To raise employment standards by

• Extending the reach of collective representation and bargaining to all workers in the sector;
• Campaigning for sustainable funding of public service broadcasting, film, live performance as well as fine arts in order to ensure the quality of employment and of programming in a changing technological environment;
• Defending intellectual property rights and efficient, transparent collective management of rights;
• Developing further the cooperation among affiliates with respect to working conditions with focus on equal opportunities, health and safety and training and
• Building regional and global campaigns directed at companies and industry associations and within social dialogue on those issues to work towards better common standards.

To make effective social dialogue a reality in more companies and countries and at sector level.

To represent and make the voice of affiliates heard in regional and international policy making bodies affecting the sector with focus on ASEAN, EU, MERCOSUR and WIPO in order to establish coherent and inclusive audiovisual and cultural policies that favour growth and good & sustainable jobs in our industries, to improve the protection of intellectual property rights and remuneration of creators, to work towards sound state aid rules in broadcasting and film, and to defend the status of workers and their right to freedom of association.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Richard Polacek 14/10/14 10/10/15
Johannes Studinger 26/08/14 21/08/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

UNI MEI Global Union has issued and represented positions towards the EU Institutions on

a) European Commission Green Paper on the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union;

b) The European Parliament report on the above mentioned Green Paper;

c) The EU Orphan Works Directive;

d) the proposed EU Directive on Collective Management of Rights Organisations and

e) the Vitorino report on private copy levies.

UNI MEI has undertaken consultations with representatives of the EU Commission and the European Parliament in the areas of intellectual property, audiovisual and cultural policies as well as social affairs.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Competition
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Enlargement
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

- Sector organisation of UNI Global Union

- Member of the International Arts and Entertainment Alliance (IAEA) and its European Regional organisation, the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance, EAEA

- The IAEA is a member of the International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC

- The EAEA is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation, ETUC

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 10,000 €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 285,000 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.