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The challenge of a freelance future is a test for journalists' unions in Europe and around the world._EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Contracts and fees, training, authors' rights, and professional standards are all key issues for the freelance community of journalists. Innovative financing models, which can give freelance journalists new possibilities/niches in media, are being explored by the EFJ and its affiliates. The EFJ Freelance Expert Group recently organised a webinar on entrepreneurial journalism._EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) Authors' Rights Expert Group (AREG) and the Freelance Experts' Group (FREG) strive to defend and to promote freelance rights. We say to our staff colleagues: in order to defend your rights and conditions of work, you can do nothing more effective than to promote the highest standards for freelances._EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_The Freelance Experts’ Group’s focus for the coming years’ is based on the EFJ’s working programme:_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Relaunch the Charter of Freelance Rights and promote it at national and European level;_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Continue to organise webinars on issues important to European freelances;_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Organise training seminars, including on safety, if funding is available, with the help of EFJ secretariat;_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Collect information on business models and new ways on how freelance journalism is paid for;_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Monitor EU legislation and advocate for protection of freelance working conditions and decent fees, the right to organise freelances in trade unions and the right to do collective bargaining including for freelances;_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Support the EFJ Unfair contract campaign;_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Consider recruitment of freelance journalists in all media as an important angle in all discussions (see EFJ project work);_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_•Support journalists' organisations in fighting for equal rights including accreditation throughout Europe, with a recent focus on Belarus (Get Freelancers into Law http://baj.by/en/node/25104)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_"},{"name":"widget-text[_id_][filter]","value":"on"}]},{"name":"Report_Widget_Post_List","data":[{"name":"widget-report_post_list[_id_][title]","value":"Freelance News"},{"name":"widget-report_post_list[_id_][style]","value":"medium"},{"name":"widget-report_post_list[_id_][number]","value":"5"},{"name":"widget-report_post_list[_id_][tag]","value":""},{"name":"widget-report_post_list[_id_][category]","value":"Freelance"},{"name":"widget-report_post_list[_id_][additional_parameters]","value":""}]}]},{"css":"eqfw-layout_cell is-sidebar","widgets":[{"name":"WP_Widget_Text","data":[{"name":"widget-text[_id_][title]","value":"Freelance Rights Expert Group"},{"name":"widget-text[_id_][text]","value":"Co-Chair John Toner (Great Britain)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Co-Chair Judith Reitstätter (Austria)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_EFJ steering committee link Urs Thalmann (Switzerland)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Frank Biermann (Germany) _EQFW_SLASH_T__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Ivan Declercq (Belgium)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Michael Hirschler (Germany)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Bruno Horta (Portugal)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Felix Iglesias (Spain)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Patrick Kamenka (France)_EQFW_SLASH_T__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Andrei Klikunou (Belarus)_EQFW_SLASH_T__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Natacha López (Sweden)_EQFW_SLASH_T__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Nicola Chiarini (Italy)_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Martine Rossard (France)_EQFW_SLASH_T__EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Toralf Sandaker (Norway)"},{"name":"widget-text[_id_][filter]","value":"on"}]},{"name":"Report_Widget_Separator","data":[{"name":"widget-report_separator[_id_][style]","value":"small-margin"}]},{"name":"WP_Widget_Text","data":[{"name":"widget-text[_id_][title]","value":"Contact"},{"name":"widget-text[_id_][text]","value":"Renate Schroeder_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_Director_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_renate.schroeder(at)ifj(dot)org_EQFW_SLASH_R__EQFW_SLASH_N_+ 32 (0)2 235 22 02"},{"name":"widget-text[_id_][filter]","value":"on"}]}]}]}]