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Solopreneurship and the One Person SMEs
Perspectives and the Future of Independent Working
10 December 2015 | 14:30 – 16:45
European Economic and Social Committee
Room: TRE 7701 7th floor | 74 rue de Trèves | 1040 Brussels (Belgium)

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Speakers include 

  • Anthea MCINTYRE [TBC], MEP Rapporteur of the Employment Committee Opinion on “Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT)” European Parliament
  • Anna DANTI, Member of Task Force on Collaborative Economy, New Business Models and SMEs European Commission DG Growth
  • Madi SHARMA, Rapporteur of the Opinion on the "Application of the Principle of Equal Treatment between Men and Women Engaged in an Activity in a Self-Employed Capacity" – European Economic and Social Committee
  • Patricia LEIGHTON, Professor of European Employment Law IPAG Business School, France
  • Valérie KINOO, Solopreneur and Coworker
  • Marco TORREGROSSA, Secretary General European Forum of Independent Professionals
  • Andrew CHAMBERLAIN, Deputy Director of Policy and External Affairs – UK Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed
Please find the draft agenda here.


The EU is experiencing a boom in independent working. 15% of the labour force (33 million people) are working for themselves and the trend is growing, evidenced not least by the appearance of a plethora of coworking spaces and new professions. Multiple sources of income and the ability to scale up or down in function of time and need has become a growing feature of our economy.
Independent professionals (also called freelancers or simply: iPros) are a highly-skilled subset of self-employed workers without employers nor employees. They offer specialised services of a knowledge-based nature and work on a flexible basis in a range of creative, managerial, scientific and technical occupations. They are the smallest of small businesses and, with a 45% increase since 2004, they are the fastest growing segment of the EU labour market.

The event will debate how iPros can contribute to growth in the EU and be recognised as economic agents in their own right. iPros enable all types of enterprises to tap into a pool of diverse talent on a variable cost basis, as to make them productive, internationally competitive, perform more efficiently, and create jobs. Furthermore, iPros are not only a source of innovation, being one’s own boss is also associated with greater professional satisfaction, well-being and improved work-life balance.

About EFIP

The European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP) is furthering a commitment to build a better economy one that puts people at the centre 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 representing over 11 million iPros at EU level through targeted research, advocacy and campaigning.
EFIP mission is to strive for European policy, business and society to become more conducive to the independent and self-employed way of working, in both the private and public sectors.


10 December 2015, 2.30 – 4.45 p.m.
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