Sharing Economy Faces Patchwork of Guidelines in European Countries

Start-ups like Uber and Airbnb want European consumers to embrace their companies. Yet when it comes to persuading policy makers, these companies have run into regulatory hurdles that have exposed the European Union’s uneven response to technological innovation.Some cities are clamping down on the companies, like Barcelona, where Airbnb, an apartment-sharing service, was recently fined for breaching regional property rental rules. In other cities, like Amsterdam, politicians have passed legislation to help jump-start the local sharing economy.
www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/technology/sharing-economy-faces-patchwork-of-guidelines-in-european-countries.html

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