I'm currently working as a cloud engineer in a cloud consultancy company and when I joined the company as part of my contract there was a non-compete clause forbidding me to carry on a business or work for a business identical or similar to the business of the company within European Union. My company in a nutshell does cloud infrastructure and software development projects(short and long term) for other companies and also provides managed services for their infrastructure.
Here's the non-compete clause:
Within a period of one year after termination of the employment the Employee may not in the European Union, in any way, directly or indirectly, carry on a business, work for a business or be involved in a business, in the broadest sense of the word, which is identical to or similar to the business of "company name", nor may the Employee have such business conducted or have a financial or other interest in such business.
I would like to start freelancing working as a cloud engineer for companies who are not competitors and I'm wondering if I would be in breach of my contract if I work with businesses who do not offer the above services and are not competing with my current company.
One could say by doing freelance work as a cloud engineer, I would be running a business that provides cloud infrastructure services similar to my company.
By doing freelance work with non competing companies, would I be in breach my contract? Would that include companies outside of European Union with my business registered in Netherlands?