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Freelancers: Freelancing in Europe

If you are a highly-skilled professional, wouldn’t you rather work for clients on specific projects than have a fixed job? If you have a flair for innovation and are ready to take business risks to gain greater independence and flexibility, why not freelance? Freelancing spans many professions, including newly emerging ones, and accounts for the fastest growing segment in the EU labor market. Possibly you are hesitating for fear of failure, red tape, financial concerns, or doubts about your skill set.

The EU is there to help the Freelancers. Its Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan aims to spark the EU’s entrepreneurial spirit, and a number of programs and initiatives promote education, ease of access to finance and simpler for aspiring entrepreneurs. While the Erasmus+ program offers education opportunities, the European Innovation Council, and the SME Instrument in particular, offer funds and mentoring services for innovators. As well as financing micro-entrepreneurs, the EU Program for Employment and Social Innovation supports the development of appropriate social protection systems and labor market policies.

The European Court of Justice recently ruled that an EU citizen, self-employed in another EU Member State, can retain their right to reside if they become unemployed. Meanwhile, as recently proclaimed in the European Pillar of social rights, the EU is striving to ensure fair working conditions and adequate social protection for all.

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