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Marco Torregrossa (Author's Website)

Marco Torregrossa is a former policy officer in the EU Commission and a lawyer by training, specialised in new forms of collaborative self-employment, cooperative solo-entrepreneurship, digital work on platforms and the impacts of flexible labor regulations on the future of work. More about Marco at https://about.me/marcotorregrossa

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Four Ways Freelancers Can Contribute to Rural Development

30/03/2017 |
Four Ways Freelancers Can Contribute to Rural Development

Freelancing gives you freedom. Typically, freedom to work from wherever you choose. But is it also fulfilling its promise of bringing more and better quality of work to rural areas? European regions are experiencing a new wave of independent working and the trend is growing. Coworking spaces have sprung up in towns across the continent […]

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Can the social dialogue be replaced by an algorithm?

24/02/2017 |
Can the social dialogue be replaced by an algorithm?

The social dialogue is the process whereby social partners (trade unions and employer organisations) negotiate, often in collaboration with the government, labour market policies. It is a widespread procedure to develop employment legislation in the European Union. Data Driven Social Dialogue No one has ever discussed a topic which popped out of mind and which I’ve called […]

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Why Self-Employment Needs Nurturing, and not Protection

07/02/2017 |

The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of a stronger European Pillar of Social Rights, including labour protections for all workers, “regardless of the type of contract or employment relationship.” This is simply unrealistic and can backfire. The report suggests full-time contracts should remain the norm, and on-demand platforms should guarantee certain core working hours to all […]

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Freelancers Urge Europe to Support Cross-Border Services

01/02/2017 |

The vast majority of freelancers are highly-skilled knowledge workers and business service providers. Because of their flexible mind set, they are naturally driven to broaden horizons and expand at cross-border level. Truth is, freelancers know no boundaries — they only need a wifi connection and their brain to work. A New Services E-Card to Benefit Freelancers On […]

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What’s in Store for the Collaborative Economy in 2017

05/01/2017 |

In 2017, collaborative economy companies are expected to both strengthen their market position, by for instance extending into other sectors, but also deal with existing and growing regulatory problems. One area where we will see more regulatory oversight is misclassification (employee vs self-employed) and an increase in health, safety and tax collection enforcement. Less Laissez-Faire […]

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Cracking the Numbers: How Government Surveys Should Track Freelancers’ Growth

11/12/2016 |
Cracking the Numbers: How Government Surveys Should Track Freelancers’ Growth

Freelancers are an important, but hidden, part of the small business population and one that sometimes is largely misunderstood. Recent media coverage of the gig economy has created the perception that most freelancers are either driving for Uber or performing household errands through TaskRabbit. But these activities are actually a very small subset of self-employment, […]

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