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On 2 June 2016, the European Commission adopted

a Communication on the ‘collaborative’ economy

setting some general guidelines for Member States

with regard to European legislation. Acknowledging

the specific concerns related to collaborative type of

tourist accommodation, the European Commission

launched in 2017 an assessment to develop more

specific sectoral guidelines for this specific sector. At

the same time, the European Parliament launched an

own-initiative report, which will be adopted at the end

of April 2017. HOTREC has been an active contributor,

as it regularly engaged with EU policy makers in charge

of these activities, by providing data and information

on the impact of the collaborative economy on the

tourism sector.

HOTREC brought its expertise to public

authorities in Europe

In order to better focus the discussions on the key

concerns the collaborative economy raise, HOTREC

reviewed and updated its key positions, and published

on 14 February 2017 its Policy Chart including 5

key pillars for a responsible and fair ‘collaborative’

economy. These pillars include the call for:

The official recognition of the activity through an

online registration,

A clear distinction between professionals and


A clear fiscal framework which ensures taxes

due are paid,

The health, safety and security of users /

consumers being properly ensured, and

All players, including service providers, platforms

and authorities being committed to transparency

and to act responsibly.

HOTREC also actively participates to the workshops

organised by the European Commission which will

elaborate, together with the Member States, specific

guidelines for the collaborative type of tourist

accommodation. HOTREC is a strong contributor

to the political debate at EU and national level by

participating constructively to the many fora and high-

level events organised to seek for a virtuous model.

Positive steps are now taken by public

authorities across Europe

Thanks to the efforts of HOTREC and its Member

Associations, more and more destinations implement

control in the collaborative economy market. In

France, the new Digital Law requires platforms to

make a distinction between private and professional

service providers, in order to increase transparency

for consumers. In Amsterdam, after failing to

enforce the legal threshold for collaborative tourist

accommodation, the biggest short term renting

platform finally agreed, upon pressure from the public

authorities, to control the offer on its platform and

enforce compliance with the city’s regulations.

HOTREC believes that these positive examples are to

be followed by other destinations as well, in order to

have a clear, responsible and fair market regarding the

short-term accommodation rental.

Shedding light on the way forward

to develop a responsible and fair so-called

‘collaborative’ economy

“I thank HOTREC for their cooperation

in several actions, for example on skills,

digitalisation and the collaborative economy


Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry,

Entrepreneurship and SMEs