Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
As announced in the Digital Single Market Strategy adopted in May 2015, a fully functional Digital Single Market would bring many benefits to European businesses and consumers. It would promote innovation, contribute EUR 415 billion to the EU economy each year and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. It is therefore the Commission's policy to support technology developments and ensure that the right regulatory environment is put in place.
With regard to transactions and marketplace relationships between businesses and consumers or between consumers themselves, which the Honourable Member refers to as ‘disruptive businesses’, the Commission underlined in the Single Market Strategy published in October 2015(1), that a clear and balanced regulatory environment is needed that allows the development of collaborative economy entrepreneurship, protects workers, consumers and other public interests, and ensures that no unnecessary regulatory hurdles are imposed on either existing or new market operators, whichever business model they use. Such new businesses have the potential to create additional economic, social and environmental value, representing a new opportunity for Europe in terms of growth, jobs and benefits for consumers.
To this end, the Commission will develop in 2016 a European agenda for the collaborative economy, including guidance on how existing EC law applies to collaborative economy business models. It will also assess possible regulatory gaps and monitor the development of the collaborative economy.