• 14 January 2013 at a high level event in the European
Parliament in Brussels.
• The launch followed an invitation from the European
Commission to discuss the importance of tackling the
Freelance Economy model for the European Union.
EU AFFAIRS FREELANCERS ASSOCIATION
A non-profit partnership made of:
1. National organisations representing independent professionals
working on European affairs and cross border European projects
2. End user clients that utilise independent EU affairs professionals
and European project managers
3. Public authorities willing to explore how the procurement system
could be opened up to freelancers
Our aim is to bring together independent EU affairs
professionals, their end user clients and public authorities in a
common marketplace to ensure the transfer of services is carried out
with mutual benefit.
THE FREELANCE ECONOMY
• Nearly one out of four Europeans is working independently with
40% of the total EU workforce to be independent by 2020.
• Organisations are less compelled to own resources, but place
more value on access to networks and talent pools, utilising
independent services and external knowledge transfer.
• Organizations are looking to replace fixed costs with variable
expenses and often take on-demand approaches to secure access
to skilled personnel and competencies on an as-needed basis.
• As we look to 2014, the Freelance Economy will drive change in
the way work is done, in the way companies and workers
interact, and in the EU policy response.
ASSOCIATION MISSION STATEMENT
Lay the necessary policy framework conditions and enabling
environment at EU level to mature policies, markets and sectors
for the Freelance Economy to become mainstream.
Combine the bottom-up approach of several existing European
freelance organisations with a top-down focus around EU
regulations and funding.
Create a critical mass that speaks with a single voice, making the
case for European policies that place a greater emphasis on
freelancing, as the driving force behind a more
prosperous, sustainable and competitive European economy.
Each member agrees to:
• Define an individual voluntary commitment
• Endorse the Association manifesto
• Choose from the yearly activity plan, the activities where it can
THE EU AFFAIRS FREELANCERS ASSOCIATION
• Mainstream: campaign to improve the perception of freelancing and visibility of
independent EU affairs professionals and their end user clients all over Europe.
• Sustain: increase advocacy strength for fair and sensible regulations, ensuring that
freelancing becomes a political priority at European level.
• Scale Up: promote leadership and best practice exchange, research and data of
importance to independent EU affairs professionals and support the continuous
professional development of freelancers by considering their specific training
• Invest: raise EU funding to kick start relevant pilot projects and platforms all over
Europe that enlighten the value of freelancing to the economy and society and
assist entry in the freelancing market for both independent EU affairs professionals
and end user clients.
1. MAINSTREAM (THROUGH AWARENESS RAISING)
• To utilise social media, public relations and marketing to build
the foundation for public support that the Freelance Economy
is good for the EU, for businesses and for consumers.
• To commission studies, market research, surveys and
interviews on the Freelance Economy in the EU.
2. SUSTAIN (THROUGH ADVOCACY)
• To organise public debates and bilateral meetings with key
European, national and other decision makers in the EU,
tailoring to them the key messages of the Freelance Economy.
• To track the ongoing implementation and influence EU and
Member States policies with a potential impact on freelancing
and recommend appropriate regulatory actions.
• To draft position papers, participate in EU Commission
consultations, write petitions and open letters to the
European Parliament, submit policy recommendations,
legislative amendments and take a seat in relevant EU
3. SCALE UP (THROUGH TRANSFERABILITY)
• To unite and organise the community of freelancers in Europe
in cooperation with existing national platforms.
• To provide a forum for collective knowledge exchange and
foster cooperation between freelancers in different sectors.
• To facilitate the transferability and scalability of best practice
solutions on the Freelance Economy among EU Member
4. INVEST (THROUGH EU FUND RAISING)
• To kick start pilot initiatives, participate in relevant projects
and explore EU funding opportunities for promoters of the
• To assist the EU Commission to design appropriate funding
lines for the Freelance Economy under the new EU
Multiannual Financial Framework Program 2014-2020.
• To set up public/private partnerships between Freelance
Economy platforms and local governments.
Synergic network of independent EU affairs consultants and
investors specialised in sustainability, collaborative innovation
and crowd-sourcing scalable solutions.
First pan-European network promoting the Freelance Economy.
+32 (0)486 71 30 26
Learn more and sign the online form to support the Association
(so far 187 supporters from all over Europe):
Web: Eu Affairs Freelancers Association