Regulating the Collaborative Economy: A Way Forward

  • Marco Inglese


In light of the findings presented so far, Chap. 7 argues in favour of the regulation of the collaborative economy through the adoption of a directive targeting collaborative platforms. Indeed, not only does the European Union (EU) enjoy wide regulatory powers in the internal market domain, but it has also often made consistent use of them through Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Considering the scale, the disruptive effects as well as the fragmentation in and of the Digital Single Market (DSM), this directive would compatible with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. As for the content, taking into account a high level of consumer and personal data protection, together with tackling the phenomenon of false self-employment, some modest proposals are singled out in respect of such a directive’s potential material and personal scope of application.


Harmonization Legal basis Principle of subsidiarity Principle of proportionality Internal market rationality 


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  • Marco Inglese
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  1. 1.Department of Law, Politics and International StudiesUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly

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