UNIEP is a democratic organisation. Each member trade association (regardless of size) has an equal vote on all matters concerning the constitution, policies and electing the Board and President.
Each year, UNIEP members meet for its General Assembly at a different location, to discuss topical issues, elect a new President and Board and ensure that UNIEP is transparent and accountable.
The General Assembly is translated into four or five European languages to allow a maximum participation by delegates. The host association provides social events to encourage greater understanding and empathy between the different cultures and countries.
Mr Markus Straube
He is regional guild master for Berlin and Brandenburg and represents already since 2008 the interests of the German painting trade through UNIEP.
Mr Straube was elected President of UNIEP at the General Assembly in Cologne, Germany, in March 2013.
Mrs Patrizia Di Mauro
Graduated in Political Science, International Policy in Rome, she obtained a Master in European Studies at the University of Brussels and a Master in Management and Marketing.
She worked as Secretary General at the Belgo-Italian Chamber of Commerce creating a European desk for the information on European policies to SMEs. Since 1992, she has been Secretary General of different European Associations in the building and standardisation sector.
In 2003, she became Director of the Italian Confederation for Craft and SMEs at the representation office in Brussels.
Sworn translator at the Brussels Court and the Italian Consulate in Brussels for Italian, English, French and Spanish, she collaborated for several years with the Press Agency “Agence Europe” in Brussels.