UNIC manages the exhibition sector’s relations with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. It also represents cinemas’ interests when dealing with other international bodies. We are a member of several coalitions and industry associations. Please find below a list of our main policy partners.
The Creativity Works! coalition was established by UNIC and our partners from across the cultural and creative sectors to share real stories and facts concerning the work of artists, creative professionals and their business partners, including, of course, cinema operators. A core objective of the coalition is to showcase how copyright contributes to cultural diversity, employment and community development across Europe.
UNIC is a proud member of the informal AV Coalition, which brings together organisations working across the audiovisual sector in Europe, representing film and TV directors, screenwriters, performers and other creators, skilled professionals, producers, distributors and publishers of film and television content, and cinema operators. The AV Coalition acts on behalf of individuals and entities from across the entire value chain involved in developing, creating, producing, financing, marketing and distributing films and television content in Europe. It is highly representative of a sector of vital importance to economic growth and job creation as well as a crucial contributor to cultural diversity in the EU.
Netopia is a web publication and idea forum based in Brussels. Netopia runs a website, publishes reports and arranges events with the purpose of stimulating the discussion on the future of the internet. Netopia has several supporters, including UNIC, that contribute by subscribing to the manifesto.
Europa Cinemas is the first network of cinemas focusing on European films. Created in 1992 at the initiative of a group of thirty cinema exhibitors, in 25 years it has become a network uniting more than 1,100 cinemas (nearly 3,000 screens) in 43 countries.
The Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai ('CICAE') is a non-profit association aiming at promoting cultural diversity in cinemas and festivals. The CICAE was founded in 1955 by the national arthouse cinema associations of Germany, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The collective and concerted action of these pioneers led to the emergence in each country of a real market for quality films, as well as national schemes aimed at supporting theatres that took a stand in favour of this “high-risk” cinematographic art form.
European Audiovisual Observatory
The European Audiovisual Observatory is a body of the Council of Europe which was set up in Strasbourg in 1992 to provide the industry with a comparative European overview of the audiovisual industry in 41 different countries as well as detailed analysis of national and even regional industries. UNIC is a member of the Observatory's Advisory Committee.
European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights
The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights is a network of experts and specialist stakeholders responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design. Although the Observatory has no direct enforcement powers, it brings together a wide range of stakeholders who use their technical skills, experience and knowledge to protect and promote IP rights and support those directly engaged in enforcement. Private-sector representatives, such as UNIC, include a broad and balanced range of Union and national bodies representing the various economic sectors, including creative industries, most involved or experienced in the fight against infringements of intellectual property rights.
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization ('WIPO') is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. WIPO is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 191 member states. Its mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Its mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967. UNIC is an observer of WIPO.