• The European Commission opens the door for the collaborative economy to thrive in the EU

    02 June 2016

    On 2 June, the European Commission released a communication on the collaborative economy. The document provides guidelines to Member States on how to apply the EU legislation and ensure the economic development of the collaborative economy. FIA Region I welcomes the Commission’s communication, specifically in terms of the need for Member States to adapt national legislation in order to avoid disparities and further highlights the necessity to better informed consumers about their rights and obligations.

    Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General and President of the Mobility as a Service Alliance said: “The collaborative economy is playing an increasingly important role in the development of new mobility services. Consumers can now benefit from real time, affordable and innovative services that make their mobility and travel more efficient and they appreciate these innovations. This Communication is a first step toward more clarity and coherence in this emerging markets.”

    FIA Region I Clubs are already working on providing innovative mobility solutions for consumers and call on EU Member States to define a common approach to ensure that the services fulfil the same requirements in terms of safety, transparency and data protection.

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    About FIA Region I
    The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 112 Mobility Clubs and their 38 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, the FIA Region I work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com