European Commission will ban Uber and Airbnb as a ‘last resort’

Jun

1

2016

Member States of the European Union should not ban services like Airbnb and Uber, unless the ban is used as a last resort. The European Commission says in new guidelines on the “share economy”.

The Financial Times was able to in the draft version of the document view . The guidelines a total ban on any activity “seen as a last resort that should only be used when less restrictive measures are not the desired effect to serve the public interest ‘managed to achieve.

According to the Committee to ban short-term rental apartments difficult to defend as other measures such as a limit on the maximum number of days that can be rented an apartment a year, also offer opportunities. In Amsterdam, for example, set a maximum of sixty days in which owners may rent out their homes each year.

Uber has to deal with protests in many countries from the traditional taxi world. In the Netherlands UberPop no longer be allowed. With this service, individuals could offer itself as a driver without having to need a permit. Uber in Brussels last year was even banned altogether.

If more coherent rules in force in all 28 Member States, make it easier for such cross-border business is to do business. The majority of the guidelines appears to work out positive, mainly for companies located in the United States, the Financial Times writes.

Despite the fact that there are parts where mostly US companies will find themselves less as the provisions on companies that do not allow their practitioners to determine their own prices or requirements to adopt certain customers. In this case, the relationship can be seen as a working relationship. The latter is something especially Uber has to deal with now. The company states that the drivers are not employees, so Uber need not contribute to social security.

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