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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2020
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to the Commission
Rule 138
Ljudmila Novak
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 Subject: EU guidance must be provided to regulate the collaborative economy.

In Slovenia, like in most of the EU, the profession of tourist guide is regulated for reasons of public interest, and to protect cultural and natural heritage.

Four CJEU rulings also confirm the importance of this.

There is a legal vacuum in the collaborative economy in the EU, including Slovenia. Such services should be provided by an appropriately qualified operator, not an internet platform and the information society. A core concept in EU services legislation is therefore at stake.

EU guidance is required to regulate the collaborative economy in all Member States in order to ensure a level playing field, equal terms and conditions, and fair competition in the tourism market between the regulated profession of tourist guide and tour organisers operating illegally.

Totally illegal services are being provided within the EU single market, and the Commission has a duty to act as the guardian of the Treaties.

What does the Commission intend to do to introduce regulations across the EU to ensure proportionality in the collaborative economy in tourism between illegal guiding services and the legally regulated tourist guide profession in the EU? In particular, how will it address differences between such services on issues such as equal treatment, rights, and obligations?

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