Over 3,500 self-employed professionals have shown support for a European movement calling for decision-makers to recognise and embrace their sector of the labour market.

Independent professionals – or iPros – from countries right across the bloc have signed up to the Freelancers’ Manifesto, which is online at freelancers-europe.org.

The manifesto demands that the European Parliament recognises the rise in self-employed professionals and the contribution they make to economies, asking it to embrace this fundamental change to the way we work.

The sector is now the fastest growing part of the European labour market, with the number of people choosing to go freelance rising by as much as 93% in some countries in 2013.

Joel Dullroy, the Berlin-based freelancer who set up the campaign, said:

“With thousands of freelancers from across Europe signing up to support this movement, this sends a clear message to the new European Parliament that they must do more for this important and flourishing sector.”

The manifesto sets out a number of policies which the movement believe should be promoted by the European Parliament.

These policies include suggestions to improve access to training and services, as well as the introduction of better regulation that specifically considers the unique needs of self-employed professionals.

Andy Chamberlain, spokesman for the European Forum of Independent Professionals, said:

“Similar to the SME Envoy, appointing an iPro Envoy to champion freelancers at the top of the European Parliament will offer further support for independent professionals.”

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