Upcoming event: “Sharing Economy: The View from the Visegrad Group”

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Conference organized by MEP Dita Charanzová (ALDE) and the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and kindly supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the International Visegrad Fund.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 9:00-12:00

Venue: European Parliament, ASP 5 G-1, Brussels

Speakers:

  • Dita Charanzová, MEP (ALDE), European Parliament
  • Róbert Chovanculiak, Analyst, INESS
  • Janusz Cieszyński, Advisor, Political Cabinet, Ministry of Economic Development of Poland
  • Neil Kay, Senior Policy Officer, DG GROW, E3 – Digitalisation of the Single Market, European Commission
  • Jan Poruba, Policy Officer, Department of European Affairs and Internal Market, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

Register at:

http://bit.ly/1UImvrm

The digital era has opened brand new possibilities in direct and instant matching of supply and demand in a way that had not been possible in the past. The so-called sharing economy stretches from platforms for car sharing, dinner hosting and provision of accommodation to crowd-funding and real estate market. Can this be a technology bringing the next wave of economic growth in the EU? What are the social, economic, environmental and fiscal changes that may result from these innovations?

The first results of the public consultations on online platforms and sharing economy were published in March 2016. The European Commission is expected (by mid-2016) to provide guidelines for member states on how to apply existing rules to the sharing economy platforms. This may help to remove some uncertainty over the rights and obligations of clients and providers that use these platforms and make the internal market a more even playing field for all.

Are there any specific economic, social or regulatory aspects which influence operation of the sharing economy and P2P platforms in the V4 region? How is the role of the European Commission´s guidelines assessed by stakeholders in the V4 region? Are the existing rules sufficient or does the current situation of the sharing economy in the EU require a specific regulatory approach?