Join the EU Freelancers' Movement!

Recognise freelancers!

Give us access!

Count us!

Give us a voice!

Treat us fairly!

More about the manifesto.


We need 10.000 signatures to reach our goal.


More about the Manifesto

What we're calling for:

Freelancers and independent professionals are a growing and vital part of the European workforce and economy. Politicians at all levels of government need to understand and address this important demographic. The freelancers of Europe call on government and businesses to:

Recognise freelancers!

Give us official status at all levels of government and bureaucracy. Realize that we’re not the same as small and medium enterprises or other activity categories. Remember us when you create policy that affects us.

Give us access!

Make sure freelancers can access all government services, bid for official contracts, access training programs and qualify for funding.

Count us!

Include us in all official statistics, and study our demographic better. Don’t put us together with other small business categories.

Give us a voice!

Talk to our representative organizations, give us a seat at the table and appoint an EU freelancers’ envoy to champion our concerns.

Treat us fairly!

Pay us on time. Write contracts that treat us ethically.

Read the full text of the manifesto.

The European Freelancers' Movement

Why do we need it?

We’re building a movement of freelancers across Europe. Why? Because we need a common voice to get politicians to start listening to our concerns. Alone, we’re ignorable. Together, we’re powerful!

By signing this manifesto, you're joining with thousands of other independent workers who want their voice to be heard across Europe.

Your signatures will be presented to politicians following the European Parliament elections. We'll make sure freelancers aren't forgotten in Brussels.


Who is this for?

Freelancers have many names - independent professionals, contractors, solo entrepreneurs, temps, self-employed. We have individual workstyles, but we have many concerns in common.

This campaign is for those who identify as independent workers, working outside the traditional contracted employment system.

Who is organizing this?

The European Freelancers Campaign is a joint effort by a coalition of freelancers, non-profit organizations, and support networks.

It was initiated by the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP), a body made up of over ten national freelancers' organizations from across Europe.

The campaign was devised and carried out by a team of freelancers based in Berlin, supported by many helpers across Europe.



What will you do with my information?

We will present a list of our supporters to politicians in Brussels, to demonstrate the strength of our community. You can chose to remain anonymous. Your personal data won't be made public.

We will add your e-mail address to our mailing list. You may receive e-mail updates, as well as messages from your local freelancers' organization. You can always unsubscribe from this service.

Participating Organizations


Hrvatsko društvo nezavisnih profesionalaca

Croatia –


European Forum of Independent Professionals

Europe –


IPSE – Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed

United Kingdom –


Verband der Gründer und Selbstständigen

Germany –


Associazione Consulenti Terziario Avanzato

Italy –


Associazione Nazionale Italiana Traduttorie e Interpreti

Italy –


Association professionnelle des metiers de la traduction

France –


Fédération des auto-entrepreneurs

France –



Belgium –


Freelance en Europe

France –


Platform Zelfstandige Ondernemers

Netherlands –


VCO Global


Syndicat des Consultants Formateurs Indépendants

France –


This campaign was crowdfunded by over 150 freelancers, associations and startups. Special thanks to these crowdfunders who gave generously:

Coworking Croatia / Timo Koenig – frontend developer / Gruendungszuschuss – support for German freelancers / Seven Days – freelancer marketplace / Welance – Berlin coworking space / Jovoto – platform for creative projects /and many individuals…