A European agenda for the collaborative economy

6/8/2016

The collaborative economy is growing within the EU, but the rules vary in the different countries, and this creates uncertainty for traditional operators, new services providers and consumers. This may hamper innovation, job creation and growth.

As announced in its Single Market Strategy, the Commission has today issued guidance to Member States to help ensure the balanced development of the collaborative economy.

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowskaresponsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “The collaborative economy is an opportunity for consumers, entrepreneurs and businesses – provided we get it right. If we allow our Single Market to be fragmented along national or even local lines, Europe as a whole risks losing out. 

The communication "A European agenda for the collaborative economy" provides guidance on how existing EU law should be applied to this dynamic and fast evolving sector, clarifying key issues faced by market operators and public authorities alike:

  • What type of market access requirements can be imposed? 
  • Who is liable if a problem arises? 
  • How does EU consumer law protect users? 
  • When does an employment relationship exist? 
  • Which tax rules apply? 

The Communication invites EU Member States to review and where appropriate revise existing legislation according to this guidance. The Commission will monitor the rapidly changing regulatory environment as well as economic and business developments. 

Go to the European commission's press release