The changing environment of the self-employed

A joint Eurofound, ACCA and SMEunited conference

changing environmental self employed

On 28 January 2020, Eurofound, ACCA and SMEunited organised a joint conference on ‘The changing environment of the self-employed’, held under the auspices of the Croatian Presidency 2020.

Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Executive Director of Eurofound, opened the event and MEP Dragos Pîslaru provided a keynote speech. The first panel on Taxation and Social aspects was moderated by Jason Piper, Head of Tax and Business law, ACCA, who welcomed Max Uebe, Head of Unit, Employment Strategy, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission, Marlene Stoel, Attaché for Social Affairs and Employment, Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU, Karolien Lenaerts, Research Manager, KU Leuven, Mathijn Wilkens, Research Officer, Working Life Unit, Eurofound, and Gerhard Huemer, Director, Economic Affairs and Fiscal Policy, SMEunited. 

The second panel focused on Company law, digitalisation and new business models, and was moderated by Salla Saastamoinen, Director, Civil and Commercial Justice, DG JUST, European Commission. Participants included Stijn Broecke, Head of Future of Work team, OECD, Konstantina Strouvali, Deputy Head of Unit, European Competition Network and Private Enforcement, DG COMP, European Commission, Willem-Pieter de Groen, Research Fellow and Head of Financial Markets and Institutions Unit, CEPS, Ignacio Doreste, Adviser, ETUC, and Luc Hendrickx, Director of Enterprise Policy and External Relations, SMEunited. Concluding remarks were given by Monika Pozderac, Counsellor for Employment and Social Policy, Croatian Presidency of the EU.

Watch the main highlights in our video and read our report summarising the discussions for more details.