On 2 June, the European Commission published a non-binding communication on the regulation of sharing economy platforms (such as Uber or Airbnb). It does not propose any new legislation, but recommends how existing laws (such as the e-commerce directive) should be used to fairly regulate sharing platforms. It points out that consumers rights must be protected, although no unnecessary administrative burden should be laid onto occasional “sharers”. The platforms also need to pay their share of taxes and other contributions. Also, the EC notes that sharing platforms should not be banned, since they offer a great opportunity for the economy. Occasional service “sharers” should not be asked to apply for eventual licenses, too. However, if someone abuses the sharing platform and makes regular business, the rules should be tougher, the EC states.
19th June 2018