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The European Parliament has taken a major step towards creating a digital single market, by dictating “A European agenda for the collaborative economy”, through Resolution 2017/2003 (INI), of June 15, 2017.

With this Resolution, the European Parliament clearly and decisively backs the collaborative economy, as well as other types of working models, such as new business opportunities both for companies and for citizens and consumers. It seeks to encourage EU Member States to favor and not limit or hamper this type of digital platform, urging each State to take the necessary steps to regulate, control and provide legal certainty for the new models of economy and labor relations.

By following various guidelines, Europe seeks to become a digital single market to provide legal certainty for these new business models, as well as offering sufficient guarantees to protect workers’ rights.

In this regard, France has been one of the first countries to legislate on the matter and to recognize certain rights for digital platform workers. These include being eligible for the equivalent coverage for accidents at work, the right to receive continuing vocational training, the right to negotiate collectively when to disconnect from providing services, and the right to establish a labor union or join one already established, and to defend their collective interests through it (see this post for more details).

It remains to be seen whether other countries such as Spain will implement these guidelines and regulate the matter in line with the European recommendations. It will clearly require the different social agents and partners to intervene, as modernizing current labor legislation will rapidly become a crucial and far-reaching issue to ensure an efficient regulatory framework for the new work models, and provide legal certainty for the market, as well as upholding the digital platform workers’ rights.

The social and technological changes that we are undergoing lead us to conclude that we will witness a genuine digital revolution in the near future. This will also be the case in the labor market, where traditional work practices and their current regulations will be turned around to meet the requirements of the future.

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