In June, the European Commission published guidance to support consumers, businesses and public authorities in embracing the collaborative economy.
Later this month, Ministers responsible for trade, economy, industry and innovation from across the EU will come together in the Competitiveness Council – to discuss ways for the European single market to work more effectively – easing the free movement of goods and services, and challenging fragmented rules across the EU.
In advance of this important gathering, Airbnb has joined together with other European collaborative economy businesses to send a letter to Mr Peter Žiga, the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic who will be chairing the Competitiveness Council meeting in Bratislava.
The letter strongly welcomes the Slovak Presidency’s focus on building Europe’s competitiveness in innovation and the digital economy and encourages all Member States to implement the Commission’s collaborative economy guidance for the benefit of emerging collaborative platforms and the millions of people across Europe who use them, as consumers, and as providers of goods and services.
Only by having clear and modern rules that apply consistently across all Member States can Europe build its position as a global leader in the collaborative economy, and a home for innovative business models.