Uber and AirBnB bans a 'last resort'

Uber and AirBnB bans a 'last resort'

The European Commission has said that it should be a "last resort" banning 'sharing economy' businesses like Uber and AirBnB.

Of course, the increasing popularity of such companies has posed a number of regulatory problems across Europe (and the rest of the world, obviously), and thanks to confusion about how laws actually impact these businesses, countries are essentially making it up as they go along.

The EU commission issued new guidelines this week, which warned authorities to ease off on the crackdowns against these companies.

The long and short of it, is that they've contributed around €28 billion (that'd be £21.6bn to UK readers) to the economy in the European Union, which is obviously not to be sniffed at.

Elzbieta Bienkowska, who is Europe's senior official for industry and entrepreneurship, said that a ban on these businesses "should only be a measure of last resort."

There's been strong action against these companies already, with French authorities coming down hard on Uber amid strikes from French taxi drivers.

Over in Germany, tourists have been banned from renting an entire apartment in Berlin through AirBnB.

While there's a softly-softly approach from Europe, officials have noted that these types of business need to behave responsibly.

"Taxes must be payed, consumers must be protected, social security must be guaranteed," Bienkowska added.

1 comment

  • Sidlama

    bullshit. Ban them. They are contributing yeah, look at that Whoopi!

    But what about the people losing out? Yeah we don't matter do we?

    Screw these big corporations and governments.

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