About #EFWeek

Open & participatory event platform

European Freelancers Week


11000000

Freelancers in Europe

5

% of European workforce

19000

Coworking spaces worldwide

1700000

Coworkers worldwide


Background Story

European Freelancers Week was inspired by several local events in different countries. In Italy, the first Freelance Day was held in 2013 in Torino, supported by ACTA. In the United Kingdom, IPSE has long organized National Freelancers Day. It's time independent workers across Europe got their own similar events! In 2016 a group of activists from several EU freelancers organizations got together to plan EFW. The idea was to create a single week in which many events would take place in different cities across Europe with the common goal of bringing together independent professionals. Events could be proposed by anybody, as long as they gave freelancers the chance to inspire, connect, learn, promote, co-create and get active. The first #EFWeek was held in 2016.

Advancing the Life of Independents

Freelancing can be rewarding, liberating and exciting. But it can also be unpredictable, isolating and scary. That's why independents should join together through events, coworking spaces and freelancers' organizations. European Freelancers Week is a chance for independent workers to come together to network, learn, listen and laugh. Events across the week will help freelancers feel connected to a bigger movement, one that is growing every day as more people join the independent workforce. Freelancers should also consider joining a national organization that represents their interests on a political level.

Connecting the Movements

Did you know that there are fourteen organizations representing independent professionals in ten European countries? Their mission is to improve the status of freelancers through lobbying and advocacy as well as support them in daily operations. At the same time, there are more than 10,000 Coworking spaces worldwide that have been regularly used by thousands of freelancers. The European Freelancers Week is an opportunity for both the Freelancers' Movement and Coworking Movement to form a coalition for mutual benefit. Freelancers and Coworking spaces are naturally driven to each other and can create major impact on the future models of work!
The European Parliament calls the Member States to recognise and support freelance workers as a vital force in economic recovery. It believes that freelancers should be treated as a unique subset of micro-businesses. It calls for measures to be taken to minimise the burden of regulation and to encourage freelancers in launching/growing independent businesses and to promote lifelong learning for this group.

Resolution on Atypical Contracts

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