Sharing economy

Data protection 30-11-2017

Seven EU countries team up to investigate Uber data breach

EU privacy watchdogs are uniting to confront Uber over the breach of millions of consumers’ data that the ride-hailing app recently reported.

Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

Tax fight draws divisions at EU digital summit

Supporters of a controversial new push to tax tech giants insist they will overcome fierce opposition from a group of around 10 member states.

Digital 27-09-2017

Estonia confident politics won’t overshadow Tallinn ‘digital summit’

Estonia is hosting a summit focused on technology issues this Friday (29 September) but will have to battle for EU leaders’ attention less than one week after the German election, a fresh round of Brexit talks and French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposals on the future of Europe.

Future of mobility 20-09-2017

Innovation fuels Europe’s leadership on shared mobility

European cities are stepping up their efforts on shared mobility to reduce traffic jams and pollution while generating the most profitable business in this field on the planet.

Economy & Jobs 31-08-2017

Estonian minister: The digital economy needs more social Europe

There needs to be an EU-wide solution to precarious app economy jobs, said Estonian Labour and Health Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Future of mobility 04-07-2017

EU Court’s top lawyer says member states have right to ban Uber

EU member states can ban ride-hailing pioneer Uber without informing the European Commission because at heart it is an ordinary transport company under their jurisdiction, a top EU lawyer said Tuesday.

Digital 23-06-2017

Czech cities against Uber, but European court has the last word

It is not easy to be an Uber driver in the Czech Republic. The capital, Prague, has fined them and the second city Brno is now an Uber-free zone. Although public opinion is broadly positive, the EU courts are probably Uber’s last hope.

Digital 14-06-2017

MEPs demand EU strategy to protect gig economy workers

The European Parliament is expected to adopt a draft report on Thursday (15 June) calling on EU and national authorities to ensure “fair working conditions and adequate legal and social protection for all workers” in the collaborative economy.

Digital 01-06-2017

European court may force Uber out of Europe

A key decision awaits the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Will the Court’s judges side with the opponents of sharing services such as Uber, or will they instead support their further development? EURACTIV Czech Republic’s partner Aktuálně reports.

Digital 11-05-2017

EU court’s opinion challenges Commission’s pro-Uber stance

An opinion issued today (11 May) by the EU Court of Justice's advocate general said that Uber cannot benefit from lax rules under the service directive, seen by the European Commission as the legal basis for the collaborative economy.

Economy & Jobs 10-05-2017

Estonia to lead debate on the future of social systems in the digital era

The upcoming rotating presidency of the EU will focus on the future of work and the role technology can play in transforming social systems in the context of the new industrial revolution.

Digital 27-04-2017

Taxi industry launches alliance to compete with Uber

MEPs and stakeholders yesterday (26 April) launched an organisation aiming to protect the rights of taxi drivers and improve competition against “social platforms” like US ride-hailing service Uber.

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

App economy jobs come under Commission scrutiny

The European Commission will change an EU law on employment contracts by the end of the year in a move to create standards for precarious jobs created by online apps like Uber and Deliveroo.

Digital 25-04-2017

Uber, France spar over whether company is a transport service

US ride-hailing app Uber told Europe's top court on Monday (24 April) that it was a digital service, not a transport service, and that a French law clearly targeted online taxi services, in its latest European legal battle with the taxi industry.

Digital 28-11-2016

Uber gains key support ahead of EU Court hearing

A majority of EU governments are expected tomorrow (29 November) to back – at least partly – the ride-hailing firm’s claim of being a digital platform, opening the way for a lighter regulatory oversight of the American-based company than if it was considered like a normal transport firm.

Digital 08-06-2016

Airbnb awaits Berlin ruling on legality of home-sharing

A Berlin court is due to make a landmark ruling with ramifications for home rental firms such as Airbnb on Wednesday (8 June) when it decides if homeowners can engage in short-term lets.

Digital 07-06-2016

‘Sharing economy’ turns to insurers for risk protection

The success of sharing economy firms offers new opportunities to insurers who see Uber drivers and Airbnb flat owners as a potential source of revenue. But setting up a safe environment for digital platforms, contractors, and users remains a challenge.

Digital 03-06-2016

Saudi Arabia hitches its wagon to the Uber machine

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund has announced investment totalling €3.5 billion in Uber, as the kingdom seeks to diversify away from petrodollars. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

Transport 02-06-2016

EU cautions governments against banning Uber, Airbnb

Services such as ride-hailing app Uber and home-rental site Airbnb should only be banned as a last resort, the European Commission said on Thursday (2 June), as it seeks to foster development of the "sharing economy".

Digital 31-05-2016

EU makes progress on uniform sharing economy policy

The European Commission will ask member states to review and amend legislation, when necessary, to end the fragmentation faced by Uber, Airbnb and other collaborative platforms in Europe, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Digital 24-05-2016

Commission to publish guidelines on sharing economy next week

The European Commission's highly anticipated views on the sharing economy are expected to pave the way towards a solution to outstanding complaints put forward against the likes of Uber and Airbnb in a number of EU countries.

‘Netflix-like’ city transport app could mean people buy less cars

The European Commission is pushing local authorities to digitise cities and make them more efficient—one radical plan bubbling up could minimise the number of cars on city streets.

Spanish regulator urges scrapping of ‘unjustified’ restrictions on sharing economy

Uber, Airbnb and BlaBlaCar could score an important victory soon as the Spanish regulator is set to recommend lifting all the “unjustified barriers” limiting the sharing economy in the country, which is seen as the most restrictive member state for this new business model.

Digital 01-03-2016

Commission guidance on sharing economy delayed until summer break

The European Commission is expected to publish its guidelines on how to apply existing EU legislation on the sharing economy in mid-2016, while ministers mull whether new legislation may be needed to deal with Uber, Airbnb and other similar companies.

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