On 23rd October 1953, in Paris, eight countries represented by ten associations gathered to form UNIEP (the International Union of Painting Contractors).

Since that time UNIEP has successfully lobbied to reduce VAT levels, fight to tackle youth unemployment, engage with the European Commission over VOC levels in paint and many other issues to provide the only international voice for professional painters.

UNIEP is a full member of SMEunited (former UEAPME), which is a European umbrella organisation representing craft and SMEs at EU level. SMEunited participates in the European Social Dialogue on behalf of employers.

UNIEP is registered in the Transparency Register of the European Parliament and Commission to proactively demonstrate openness and accountability in how it conducts its affairs.