European Union

Thousands of independent professionals have signed up for a movement calling for the EU to pay more attention to freelancers.

The European Freelancers Movement raised £5,000 through a crowdfunding and have used the money to launch a new website to promote the movement.

The site allows freelancers to sign a manifesto which calls for recognition, support and protection for the nine million independent professionals working across the EU.

Joel Dullroy, founder of the European Freelancers Movement, said:

“There are nine million freelancers working across Europe, and growing, which makes us a vital sector of the workforce. We are calling for better recognition and statistics, access to funding and services, and to be treated fairly. The more independent professionals sign up and make themselves known, the less we can be ignored.”

The movement was inspired by a manifesto, introduced to the European Parliament this week by the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP).

The EFIP is a collective that brings together a number of representative bodies for freelancers from across Europe, including PCG from the UK.

John Niland, patron of EFIP, said:

“Just like our Manifesto, the Movement calls for recognition of the size and importance of our sector, acknowledgement of the good that we do for the economy and a commitment to providing the support we need to continue to flourish.”

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