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Karen Wessinger is an independent European affairs consultant who has been providing strategic advice and communications support to associations and companies in a variety of sectors. She has over 10 years experience in advisory services and advocacy projects particularly in the internal market, health, food, consumer affairs and financial services sectors.
Promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship is an important way of creating new jobs and enhancing the labour market opportunities for the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups. Are Member States using the full potential of self-employment and entrepreneurship for tackling their employment challenges? About 16% of the EU’s working population were self-employed in 2014 (see also our blog post […]
Nearly one out of four Europeans is working independently. The number of freelancers has increased from just under 6.2 million in 2004 to 8.9 million in 2013, making independent workers the fastest-growing segment in the European labour market. The new sharing economy worker is not working a 9-5 job in one company. The trend is […]
Contract work is becoming the new normal. Consider Uber: The ride-sharing startup has 160,000 contractors, but just 2,000 employees. That’s an astonishing ratio of 80 to 1. And when it comes to a focus on contract labor, Uber isn’t alone. Handy, Eaze and Luxe are just a few of the latest entrants into the “1099 Economy.” Though they get the most […]
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About The European Sharing Economy Coalition (EURO-SHE) was launched at a public hearing in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) – one of the advisory bodies of the European Commission – on 25 September 2013. The event was hosted by Mr Bernardo Hernández Bataller, the Rapporteur of the Collaborative Consumption Opinion Paper of the EESC. […]
PRESS RELEASE (25 September 2013) The European Sharing Economy Coalition was launched at a public hearing [*] in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 25 September 2013. The launch of the Coalition followed an invitation from the European Commission to discuss the importance of tackling the Sharing Economy model for the European Union. Brussels, […]