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Sharing economy: “We need a coordinated and holistic EU approach, based on clear legal rules”, underline the rapporteurs of the CoR and the EP


28 September 2016

“The sharing economy offers great opportunities for cities and regions. However, if we want to shape the sector’s future at grassroots level to the benefit of our citizens, we urgently need to tackle the persisting legal uncertainties in a coordinated way at EU level”, stressed Benedetta Brighenti, deputy mayor of the municipality of Castelnuovo Rangone (PES, Italy).


Her draft opinion on Collaborative economy and online platforms: a shared view of cities and regions was unanimously adopted by members of the CoR’s ECON commission and warmly welcomed by the European Parliament’s rapporteur Nicola Danti (S&D/Italy), who emphasized that “Compared to other countries, Europe risks falling behind in this innovative sector. There is a huge market for the sharing economy, but yet no internal market”, he noted.

Reacting to the European Commission guidelines on a European agenda for the collaborative economy, published in June 2016, Brighenti’s draft opinion, makes a series of concrete recommendations, including:

  • providing clear legal rules for European start-ups in order to guarantee fair competition and to allow them to be competitive on the world stage;
  • better defining the social responsibilities of platforms towards their workers,  as regards  working conditions, health care coverage, paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, pension rights, etc.
  • defining the thresholds for market access requirement of service providers as  well as consumer protection rules;
  • analysing the gains and savings that collaborative initiatives generate in environmental and social terms;
  • mproving compliance of service provides with tax regulations, for example regarding the collection of tourist taxes;
  • involving local and regional authorities, in future assessments on the collaborative economy, also by setting up a forum of ‘collaborative economy cities’ aimed at sharing experiences and the exchange of good practices.

The draft opinion is scheduled to be adopted by the CoR’s plenary on 7-8 December 2016.


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