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Hanneke Bennaars

Self-employment dynamics are highly shaped by institutional conditions. The institutional context is not only likely to affect the choice to become self-employed, but also affects the extent to which self-employed are able to gain sufficient income from a job in self-employment and have to deal with various types of social risk, including the risk of poverty in old age, the risk of disability and the risk of unemployment. This short intermezzo chapter aims to function as a contextual background and sketches the contours of the EU legal perspective to the social protection of self-employed. The chapter addresses the EU concept of a worker, self-employed, dependent self-employment and false self-employment, EU legislation providing social protection for the self-employed and current developments at the EU level.