European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP)


Founded in 2010, the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP) is furthering a commitment to build a better economy — one that puts people at the centre of it, empowering anyone to work for themselves and succeed on their own terms. We are a European not-for-profit collaboration of national associations which represents over 10 million of independent professionals at EU level through targeted research, advocacy and campaigning.

Independent professionals (often referred to as freelancers or contractors) are highly-skilled self-employed workers without employers nor employees. They offer specialised services of a knowledge-based nature and work on a flexible basis in a range of creative, managerial, scientific and technical occupations, primarily in B2B. They are the smallest of small businesses and, with a 45% increase since 2004, they are the fastest growing segment of the EU labour market.

EFIP mission is to strive for European policy, business and social environment to become more conducive to the independent and self-employed way of working, in both the private and public sectors. We urge all European countries to embrace the talent and dynamism of the the freelance way of working. We call on Governments and public policy in general to push ahead with reforms to ensure the flexibility of our labour market is encouraged. This approach will ensure we continue to attract investment, create jobs, and build an economy for everyone in Europe. 

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10 May 2016

By the beginning of 2013, five years since the onset of the recession, there had been a loss of around seven million jobs across the European Union. On average, one in ten people were left without work, with countries such as Spain and Greece facing...

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