Functional transnational cooperation has become an urgent necessity for the trade unions due to the rapidly progressing internationalisation of markets and companies and to the stepped up "Europeanisation" of political decision structures and processes. This cooperation must - with regard to frequency, thematic breadth and content depth - be permanently intensified, expanded and designed for the long term if employee interest representation is to keep up with the indicated economic and political processes.

The trade unions will need to increasingly develop a mutual understanding, both in an international and European framework, of the radical changes in the economy and the working world under the influences of globalisation and the Internet and to discuss and agree amongst themselves in the search for adequate trade union responses. This can only be accomplished through continuous and topically focussed cooperation in international project teams, which, based on the division of labour, deal with the relevant documents (texts, data), to then evaluate and discuss these and process them in the form of trade union analyses, strategies and action plans.
Hence a new quality and intensity of union communication and cooperation is demanded going beyond organisational, national and linguistic borders.

In view of this challenge, the traditional forms of international trade union work - primarily joint congresses and committee meetings as well as the exchange of delegations at various intervals - have reached their limits. Because of the high demands on time and costs and due to their high degree of dependence upon the simultaneous presence of all parties these traditional methods overtax the time and monetary budgets of the. It is therefore essential to supplement traditional forms of international trade union cooperation with new types of electronic cooperation in networked project teams of remotely located players, which makes working together possible "anytime, anyplace" - even asynchronously and through the bridging of geographical distances.

This describes precisely the main purpose of "int.unity.":
The goal of this project is to place cooperation between the participating trade unions in important thematic fields that affect them jointly upon a multilingual "electronic" foundation.