A press release by the European Committee of the Regions has higlighted the need to set clear rules for platform economy to guarantee workers' rights and ensure a level playing field between online and offline economic activities in the single market. This comes after the adoption of two CoR opinions that stress that many current EU regulations are outdated against the emergence of new business models and non-standard forms of employment that are frequent in digital platforms. Notably the implementation of the e-Commerce Directive, which dates back to 2000, has led to several court cases surrounding companies such as Uber and Airbnb.
The two opinions focus on different aspects of collaborative economy and platform work. The first one, prepared by Dimitrios Birmpas (EL/PES), Municipal Councillor of Egaleo, stresses that a comprehensive regulatory framework at EU level is necessary to ensure the social protection and social rights for platform workers against practices such as deliberate misclassification of workers as self-employed by employers seeking to avoid employment regulations, fiscal obligations and collective agreements. The The second opinion calls for the EU to define clearly the status of collaborative economy platforms, according to the precise degree of control exercised by the platform, in order to clarify the question of which rules govern their operations.
To read the full press release, find the link here.