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First brief results of the public consultation on the regulatory environment including the collaborative economy

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The public consultation ran from 24 September 2015 until 6 January 2016. Its objective was to gather evidence and views on the regulatory environment for platforms, liability of intermediaries, data and cloud and collaborative economy. It was launched on 24 September 2015 and closed on 6 January 2016.


The public consultation is part of a broader analysis of the role of platforms in the economy and society, included in the Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe adopted on 6th May 2015.


Without prejudice to the results of the analysis of the public consultation, the following preliminary trends can be observed for the respondents to the individual topics on the collaborative economy:

  • A majority of service providers forming part of the collaborative economy are active in professional and other services sectors (such as software). Even service providers that do not use online platforms to a significant extent indicated that they are moving towards such collaborative platforms.
  • A large majority of both businesses and consumers agree that there are regulatory and other obstacles to the development of the collaborative economy in Europe. Uncertainty over the rights and obligations of users and providers are a key obstacle hampering the collaborative economy according to all types of respondents.
  • Collaborative economy service providers, platforms and public authorities favour more guidance and better information on the application of existing rules as a policy response. ?Traditional’ service providers that still mainly operate without extensive involvement of online platforms favour new rules for the collaborative economy.
  • A majority of consumer respondents take the view that collaborative economy platforms provide sufficient information on service providers, consumer rights, characteristics and modalities of the offer and statutory rights.