European Forum of Independent Professionals

Committed to build a better economy — one that puts people at the center of it

About the European Forum of Independent Professionals

The Story

Founded in 2011, the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP) is furthering a commitment to build a better economy — one that puts people at the center 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 11 million independent professionals at EU level through targeted research, advocacy, and campaigning.

The Mission

EFIP strives 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 sector. We urge all European countries to embrace the talent and dynamism of the freelance way of working. We call on Governments and public policy, in general, to push ahead with reforms to ensure that the flexibility of our labor market is encouraged. This approach will ensure we continue to attract investment, create jobs, and build an economy for everyone in Europe.

European Freelancers Movement

EFIP is a coordinator of European Freelancers Movement — an informal network of individuals, communities, initiatives, networks, associations, organizations, cooperatives, and companies interested in enhancing the position of freelancers in Europe. Its main projects are European Freelancers Week [#EFWeek], European Freelancers Survey, [#FreelancersSurvey], and European Freelancers' Manifesto [#FreelancersManifesto].

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Visibility

Raise awareness of independent professional life as a vital part of the European labor market.
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Value

Provide expertise and better understanding to policymakers of the value independent professionals bring to the European economy and society.
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Resources

Promote high standards, share knowledge and good practices of value to independent professionals and kick-start joint projects.
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Policy

Provide a conduit for policy matters with EU institutions, advocating for regulations that specifically consider the unique needs of independent professionals.

EFIP’s members

Consisting of national associations from across Europe, EFIP seeks to enhance the work of those national bodies already representing independent professionals.


Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) – UK

Contact Email: info@ipse.co.uk

Website: www.ipse.co.uk



Verband der Gründer und Selbständigen e.V. (VGSD) – Germany

Contact Email: info@vgsd.de

Website: www.vgsd.de



Associazione Consulenti Terziario Avanzato (ACTA) – Italy

Contact Email: info@actainrete.it

Website: www.actainrete.it



FEDIPRO vzw – Belgium

Contact Email: fedipro@2mpact.be

Website: www.fedipro.be



Platform Zelfstandige Ondernemers (PZO) – Netherlands

Contact Email: secretariaat@pzo.nl

Website: www.pzo.nl



Fédération des Auto-Entrepreneurs (FEDAE) – France

Contact Email: courrier@federation-auto-entrepreneur.fr

Website: www.federation-auto-entrepreneur.fr



Asociatia Freelancerilor (AF) – Romania

Contact Email: contact@asociatiafreelancerilor.ro

Website: www.asociatiafreelancerilor.ro



Stowarzyszenie Samozatrudnieni – Poland

Contact Email: stow.samozatrudnieni@gmail.com

Website: www.samozatrudnieni.org



Croatian Independent Professionals Association (CIPA) – Croatia

Contact Email: hello@hdnp.hr

Website: www.hdnp.hr



Unión de Profesionales y Trabajadores Autónomos (UPTA) – Spain

Contact Email: servicios@upta.es

Website: www.www.upta.es



Swedish Umbrella Companies Trade Association (Affiliate Member) – Sweden

Contact Email: info@egenanstallning.org

Website: www.egenanstallning.org

Independent professionals (often referred to as freelancers or contractors) are highly-skilled self-employed workers with neither employers nor employees. They offer specialized 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 labor market.

Marco Torregrossa, EFIP

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