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Parliamentary questions
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30 April 2019
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001339/2019

As to national court procedures, the Commission is not party to any national procedures between cities or other (territorial) bodies and Airbnb, and therefore cannot provide an overview of pending cases.

As to the cases pending before the Court of Justice of the EU, Airbnb Ireland is a party in the national proceedings in which the national court has referred questions of interpretation of EC law to the Court of Justice of the EU for a preliminary ruling (Case C-390/18, Airbnb Ireland, pending(1)).

Under the preliminary ruling procedure, the Court’s role is to give an interpretation of EC law or to rule on its validity, and not to decide the dispute itself, which is a matter for the national court.

Moreover, the Commission is aware of one more procedure before the European Court of Justice (Joint Cases C-724/18 and C/727/18), which does not concern the business practices or activity of Airbnb, but the conditions for providing an accommodation service in Paris, irrespective of how the service provider and recipient got into contact.

This procedure therefore concerns the ‘use of property’.

(1)OJ C 301, 27.08.2018, p.15.

Last updated: 2 May 2019Legal notice