mardi 24 mai 2016 13:20
NUNES DE ALMEIDA Joaquim (GROW);
Recap- Meeting with Blablacar 24 May
A short meeting with Blablacar representatives was organised by our Cabinet today ahead of the adoption of the
collaborative economy Communication.
Present: Fabrice Comptour (Cab Bienkowska),
(DG GROW) ‐
Main points made by Blablacar:
Welcome the Communication (ISC leaked version), positive tone for most sections (liability, consumer, etc).
for them to underline that pure cost‐sharing
in "co‐voiturage" is not an economic activity
by adding an example in the Communication).
They would prefer us to use the word ridesharing
(co‐voiturage) to refer to their type of business model and
ensure that whenever we refer to "uber" type of services we make the distinction of "on‐demand
ridesharing" or "ridesharing for profit/remuneration". [latest SWD broadly follows this approach; the
Communication only refers to ridesharing business in the Taxation part when referring to Estonia best
practice without making any distinction as to profit/remuneration or on‐demand].
for other issues beyond illegal content, they propose to go further and for example encourage
platforms to undertake voluntary actions to do checks for security reason e.g. check driver's driving licences
and overall increase trust. To do this, the COM should make a call on MS to make accessible their data bases
to allow verifying driving licences and criminal records. Platforms would then in exchange offer to share
with national authorities, and other third parties, as long as the framework is clearly agreed with
the platform and they keep control over the final use, type of data and frequency.
On the taxation part
‐ Blablacar advocates for a total fiscal exemption for money obtained from cost‐
compensation in co‐voiturage. However, the Communication could welcome MS thresholds
revenues from collaborative economy (e.g. Italian, Belgium and French proposal ‐ so far proposal made by
some Senators in the Loi Lemaire to exonerate revenues from collaborative economy below 5000 euro may
not succeed – will most probably be included in the Loi de finance in September).