The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) brings together the journalists' unions of the continent. Much of its activity is naturally concerned with policy at a European level, both in the European Union and the candidate member states.
The EFJ's Freelance Expert Group (FREG) facilitates the exchange of information among member unions on social-policy issues which affect freelance journalists. Its members are mostly working freelance journalists; some are full-time officials of their unions. They include:
Michael Hirschler, (Co-Chair), Germany
Heikki Jokinen, (Co-Chair), Finland
Marina Cosi, Italy
Barbara Deller-Leppert, Germany
Gunter Haake, Germany
Nelly Katsama, Greece
Arne König, Sweden
David Roe, Ireland
Martine Rossard, France
John Toner, U.K.
Urs Thalmann, Switzerland (E-mail: Urs dot Thalmann at impressum dot ch)
Renate Schroeder, EFJ, Servicing officer
The Freelance Rights Expert Group works closely with the other experts groups : Authors' Rights Expert Group, Labour Rights Expert Group and the IFJ Public Broadcasting Committee.