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02 Jun 2016

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 02 JUNE

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A European Agenda for the collaborative economy

The European Commission today presented guidance aimed at supporting consumers, businesses and public authorities to engage confidently in the collaborative economy. The collaborative economy (sometimes called the sharing economy) refers to a new way for people to offer and use products and services through online platforms, on a profit or non-profit basis. These new business models can make an important contribution to jobs and growth in the European Union, if encouraged and developed in a responsible manner. The Communication, which was announced in the Single Market Strategy, 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, namely market access requirements, consumer protection, liability, labour law and tax. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “A competitive European economy requires innovation, be it in the area of products or services. Europe’s next unicorn could stem from the collaborative economy. Our role is to encourage a regulatory environment that allows new business models to develop while protecting consumers and ensuring fair taxation and employment conditions.” Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, added: “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. Today we are providing legal guidance for public authorities and market operators for the balanced and sustainable development of these new business models. We invite Member States to review their regulation in the light of this guidance and stand ready to support them in this process.” A press release, frequently asked questions, a factsheet and a Eurobarometer poll are available online

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