About the European Forum of Independent Professionals
The StoryFounded 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 MissionEFIP 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 MovementEFIP 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].
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
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Verband der Gründer und Selbständigen e.V. (VGSD) – Germany
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Associazione Consulenti Terziario Avanzato (ACTA) – Italy
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FEDIPRO vzw – Belgium
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Platform Zelfstandige Ondernemers (PZO) – Netherlands
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Fédération des Auto-Entrepreneurs (FEDAE) – France
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Asociatia Freelancerilor (AF) – Romania
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Stowarzyszenie Samozatrudnieni – Poland
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Croatian Independent Professionals Association (CIPA) – Croatia
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Unión de Profesionales y Trabajadores Autónomos (UPTA) – Spain
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Swedish Umbrella Companies Trade Association (Affiliate Member) – Sweden
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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.