Can the Commission collaborate on the ‘collaborative economy?’

At a Brussels news conference, top EU officials had different perspectives on taxi-sharing and other aspects of the ‘sharing’ economy. EU Commissioner for internal market Elżbieta Bieńkowska said it is „unacceptable to have completely different rules in different member states.” But EU Vice President Jyrki Katainen said the “Commission cannot change national regulations.” They both agreed, however, that the new services are important and shouldn’t just be stomped on because they disrupt the status quo.