Thumbs up for the collaborative economy

04-May-2017 @ 14:00

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Thumbs up for the collaborative economy

The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee has approved a report on the Collaborative Economy, including amendments to support innovation and increase consumer choice.

Conservative MEP Vicky Ford, who chairs the committee, said: “It is important to continue to support innovation which encourages entrepreneurs such as those who helped create Airbnb and BlaBlaCar.

"The collaborative economy has brought increased choice for consumers and this vote helps to ensure that those choices will not be restricted and the collaborative, or gig, economy is given space to flourish.

“It is important to recognise that changes have had an impact on traditional operators and therefore workers’ rights and consumer protection issues need to be considered. However, there is already a lot of regulation that affects operators in the collaborative economy so instead of re-writing the complete rule book we need to make sure the one we have already it is for purpose.

"If we want digital giants to grow in Europe we need to make sure we do not put a brake on innovation. This report encourages entrepreneurs and peer-to-peer platforms involved in diverse forms of the gig economy, including new ideas such as car sharing, co-boating and even co-cooking."

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