EU Leaders Call for Consistency on the Collaborative Economy

European policymakers should ensure rules for the collaborative economy are applied consistently and predictably by European member states, according to new recommendations released by EU leaders today.

The call comes from the EU Competitiveness Council, a body that represents the views of European member states and helps develop and shape future EU legislation. In the published conclusions of its most recent meeting, the Council highlights today the opportunities the collaborative economy offers to consumers and businesses across Europe and says it looks forward to seeing the Commission’s new guidance on how existing rules should be applied to the collaborative economy.

The Council also says existing EU rules should be applied consistently and predictably by EU member states to ensure legal certainty for collaborative economy businesses and consumers.

Two weeks ago, Airbnb joined 46 other collaborative economy players and signed an open letter encouraging EU leaders to unite on a plan for growth for the collaborative economy in Europe. It also showed support for the EU Commission’s desire to remove unnecessary barriers to the growth of the collaborative economy in Europe.

We are pleased EU leaders recognise the benefits the collaborative economy offers to everyone in Europe – from city leaders to regular people who share their homes to pay the bills. They have the chance to lead an economic revolution for everyone in Europe. We look forward to working with them to support more families who want to share their homes and their cities with guests from around the world.