Sharing Economy: Hype oder unaufhaltsame Zukunftsbranche? 4 Perspektiven

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„Sharing is caring“ heißt es in einer englischen Redewendung; doch Kritiker der Sharing Economy lassen sich von diesem optimistischen Credo nicht überzeugen. Kurze Autofahrten, die über die App UBER organisiert werden, oder Wohnungen, die man über die Plattform Air BnB mietet, sind ihnen ein Dorn im Auge. Dabei steht im Mittelpunkt der Kritik selten der eigentliche Fahrer des Autos oder der Besitzer der Wohnung. Vielmehr geht es um die Internetplattformen, die diese Services vermitteln. Bei einer Diskussionsrunde der Stiftung für die Freiheit kamen Befürworter der Sharing Economy, Plattformvertreter und Kritiker zusammen und gaben vier Perspektiven auf die Sharing Economy.

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Upcoming Event: Sharing Economy. The challenge of balanced regulation

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Photo credit: Uber & AirBnB Logos

The ‘Sharing Economy’ has created a new environment for ‘traditional’ businesses. Internet platforms and the proliferation of smart technologies have led to lower transaction costs for service providers and users. Ratings and reviews have resolved the problems of information asymmetry. In the transport industry this has contributed to disruptive changes and challenges for licensing and regulation. While the Sharing Economy has increased competition and lowered prices, these businesses fear for their long established modus operandi.  Regulation has turned out to be one of the major challenges in the field of the ‘Sharing’ or ‘Collaborative Economy’. EU Member States have handled this issue quite differently from each other.

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“We need a European Approach”: Dita Charanzova MEP on the Sharing Exconomy

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Czech MEP DIta Charanzová discusses Uber & Co.

Successful service providers such as Uber or Airb BnB are an example of how strongly the sharing-economy is not only influencing, but also changing existing business models. Necessarily, that also leads to discussions about the need to revise existing regulatory frameworks. In the following week, the European Commission is expected to publish guidelines about how existing EU laws and regulations can be applied to Uber & Co.

We talked to Czech ALDE Member of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová:

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