WHAT IS UEA | Furniture in Europe




1. To maintain and to promote permanent contact between the member industrial organizations and to act as the voice of the furniture manufacturing industry towards other trade organizations, all EU authorities and international organizations such as the WTO, OECD, UNIDO, ETC.

2. To establish and represent the general interests of European furniture while ensuring the greatest possible influence on the rules, decisions and directives made or issued by international organizations and authorities.

3. To ensure a systematic and a complete awareness among its members of industrial, technical, fiscal, economic, social and research problems of the European furniture industry as well as about the regulations, decisions and directives relating to the industry made at European or international level.



4. To act as a link between the furniture organizations in the European countries in connection with the promotion of the sales of furniture in all markets.

5. To maintain and strengthen a flow of information between the UEA member federations and the furniture industry at large and to act as a forum of arbitration for the friendly settlement of disputes which may arise between members or individual member enterprises of member federations.

6. To represent and promote the furniture industry in its various aspects.

7. To this end to bring about its co-operation with national and international exhibitions.

8. To promote training of personnel and, in general, to act as a provider of services for the furniture industry.

9. To represent the employers in the EU furniture sectoral social dialogue.

Who is Who

  • Structure

The General Council of the UEA defines the priorities for the sector.

Current priorities are the internationalization of the sector and the use of the information and communication technologies within the European furniture sector.

The President, assisted by the Directors’ Board decides on the execution of the UEA policy.

The UEA is using a project-based approach to its activities with the creation of the necessary ad-hoc structure to address the issues.

This allows to keep a limited structure centred around the basic tasks and main priorities as defined by the Council.

2000: 50 years of UEA

The U.E.A. celebrated its 50th anniversary in Amsterdam on October 13th. On that occasion, the General Council held its annual meeting, and the press was informed about the priorities of the furniture sector for the next years. A strategy guide was presented developing various challenges that the furniture industry should face beyond 2000.

The dinner gathered together some 110 people from the industry, trade associations and the press.

2010: 60 years of UEA

UEA continuously work on the current issues. Day to day work on support of European furniture industry. UEA represents strong European furniture industry with millions satisfied customers, unique furniture design, traditional craftsmanship and much more!