GOVERNMENTS in the European Union should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU has said.
Any restrictions by EU member states on these new online services should be justified and proportionate to the public interest at stake, new guidelines by the European Commission said.
“Total bans of an activity constitute a measure of last resort,” the draft document says.
In the case of roomrenting sites like Airbnb, the Commission said banning short- term lets of apartments “appears difficult to justify”, when limits on the maxi- mum number of days apartments can be rented out would be more appropriate.
It will come as good news for the likes of Uber and Airbnb, which have faced outright bans or restrictions in some cities as industry players complain of unfair competition.