EUCoLab was founded by a collection of like minded companies who believe that co-operation and exchange of ideas are paramount to accelerating the development of the collaborative economy in Europe. The Forum brings together leading collaborative economy companies and European policymakers to discuss the current and future regulatory landscape of the collaborative economy. Through a continuous programme of exclusive roundtables, special projects, research and campaigns, EUCoLab creates a space for open dialogue to foster greater understanding of our platforms and their role in Europe’s digital transformation.

EUCoLab signals industry’s commitment to work with policymakers to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of embracing new ways of meeting consumer demand and service delivery, whilst also ensuring that European citizens benefit from the enhanced competitiveness and social progress which our sector brings.

In early 2015, a group of European collaborative economy companies came together in an open letter to Vice President Ansip to respond to the launch of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. The letter recognised the profound role which collaborative economy platforms are set to play in transforming Europe by remodelling whole value chains, as well as relationships between employers and workers, governments and citizens, and sellers and buyers.

From these origins, EUCoLab was born: as a commitment to support the objectives of the Digital Single Market and share experiences with policymakers in order to ensure that European laws and regulations do not hinder, but do in fact support, the collaborative economy and unlock its potential in Europe.

If you’d like to be involved in the European Collaborative Economy Forum or learn more about our activities, please email us at contact@eucolab.org.

The EUCoLab Secretariat is provided by Delany & Co. Delany & Co is a public policy and communications agency that specialises in helping innovative companies reach their business objectives. Our approach is uniquely tailored to help our clients grow – by approaching public policy from a strategic perspective that allows them to stay in control, and through our delivery, which is fast, efficient and effective.

Europe’s next unicorn could stem from the collaborative economy. Our role is to encourage a regulatory environment that allows new business models to develop while protecting consumers and ensuring fair taxation and employment conditions.

Jyrki Katainen

Vice-President, Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

I welcome new business models emerging under the collaborative economy. They bring benefits for the users and to our economy. They are a clear opportunity to create more growth, jobs and wider choice for consumers and entrepreneurs.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Commissioner, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

28% of the global population are participating in the collaborative economy and this number will only increase.

Andreas Schwab

MEP, European Parliament

Entrepreneurs, freelancers and the self employed are in a position unlike ever before to become the engine of jobs, growth, innovation and future prosperity.

Ann Mettler

Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission