Increasing the labour market relevance of VET provision and reducing skills mismatches and shortages in the new booming "Sharing Economy" sector.

Brussels to issue sharing economy ‘guidelines’ in March

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The European Commission will issue guidelines to member states in early March on how to regulate emerging companies like Uber and Airbnb, which have shaken up the taxi and hotel sector.

The controversy around the sharing economy has triggered numerous legal disputes in member states.


When looking at possible regulatory issues, the EU executive said it wants to find the right balance between:

  • Facilitating innovative services;
  • Protecting consumers; and
  • Ensuring a level playing field between different business models.



  • 27-28 January: EU ministers discuss the sharing economy in the informal Competitiveness Council in Amsterdam.
  • Early March: European Commission announces its guidelines on how to apply existing regulation on sharing economy.
  • End March/early April: Full reports to be published on online platforms and collaborative economy.