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A European agenda for the collaborative economy

EU News 197/2016

Brussels, 2 June 2016

The European Commission today presented guidance aimed at supporting consumers, businesses and public authorities to engage confidently in the collaborative economy.

These new business models can make an important contribution to jobs and growth in the European Union, if encouraged and developed in a responsible manner.

The collaborative economy is growing rapidly. As it takes root in the EU, national and local authorities are responding with a patchwork of different regulatory actions. This fragmented approach to new business models creates uncertainty for traditional operators, new services providers and consumers alike and may hamper innovation, job creation and growth. As announced in its Single Market Strategy, the Commission has today issued guidance to Member States to help ensure the balanced development of the collaborative economy.

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