Europe-wide Freelancers Movement gathers momentum
The site, found at www.freelancers-europe.org, calls for freelancers to add their signatures to the Freelancers Manifesto, a document launched this week at the European Parliament which calls for recognition, support and protection for the nine million iPros working across the EU.
Joel Dullroy, the Berlin-based freelancer behind the campaign, said, “We have been absolutely blown away by the level of response from freelancers – first to our request for funds to get the project off the ground, and then to the call to get behind our cause.
“Already, thousands of independent professionals have put their support behind our campaign for recognition, fair treatment and support.
“There are nine million freelancers working across Europe, and growing, which makes us a vital sector of the workforce. We are calling for better recognition and statistics, access to funding and services, and to be treated fairly. The more independent professionals sign up and make themselves known, the less we can be ignored.”
The campaign was inspired by a new Manifesto for Freelancing launched this week in Brussels by the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP). The Forum is a collective which brings together a number representative bodies for freelancers from across Europe, including PCG from the UK.
John Niland, EFIP’s Patron and a freelancer himself with Success121, said of the European Freelancers Movement:
“Every freelancer who signs up online through this campaign is another voice calling for recognition of our unique and vibrant way of working.
“Just like our Manifesto, the Movement calls for recognition of the size and importance of our sector, acknowledgement of the good that we do for the economy and a commitment to providing the support we need to continue to flourish.
“If you are a freelancer working in Europe, the Freelancers Movement means that being professionally independent no longer means being isolated.
“Adding your signature at www.freelancers-europe.org is important because it gives us proof of the strength in numbers, and in feeling, that is present within the freelancing sector.”