On-demand companies such as Airbnb and Uber are coming under scrutiny in some European countries for allegedly contravening local laws. But the EC has published guidance that suggests they should not need licenses to operate, nor classify workers as employees, nor be liable for the services directly provided by others through their platform; although they are being encouraged to self-regulate themselves more.

The EC believes that this could help lay the groundwork for creating more startups in Europe, and that the collaborative economy is here to stay.

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