The European Union Committee of the Regions, the EU’s Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives, has launched an initiative to open at the EU level the discussion on what is known as “sharing economy” and/or “collaborative economy“. The name itself and the scope is under scrutiny. Several EU institutions are working on similar if not identical subjects, using different label such as collaborative economy, circular economy or commons-based economy.
Benedetta Brighenti, Vice Mayor of Castelnuovo Rangone, will act as political rapporteur and Christian Iaione, LabGov director, will act as technical expert appointed by the Committee to carry out the consultation process with stakeholders and later the actual drafting of the CoR opinion.
Many European, national and local policymakers, public officials, scholars and practitioners from all over Europe willing to contribute to the CoR opinion drafting process will be involved in the launch of a new platform on sharing/collaborative economy.
The final version of the opinion is going to be approved on December 3.4, 2015. By the end of August, Brighenti and Iaione will deliver the draft opinion on which the consultation process will be carried out. The main moments of the consultation process are going to be held in Berlin at the CoR ECON Commission meeting on September 28, 2015, in Rome at LUISS University within a conference on the Smart Collaborative City on October 12, 2015, and The City as a Commons conference in Bologna on November 6-7, 2015, Milan on November 9-10 at SharItaly.
Brighenti and Iaione are willing to meet and involve as many public officials, practitioners, operators and scholars as possible in the discussion and will be available to hold deep dives, hangouts or workshops in other European cities that are willing to organize them.
Find below the working document that paves the way for the CoR opinion:
Il Comitato delle regioni ha appena lanciato una iniziativa per aprire o riaprire la discussione su un nuovo paradigma sociale, economico e istituzionale che viene definito economia della condivisione, e che include, si integra o sovrappone ad altre forme di nuova economia come l’economia collaborativa, l’economia circolare, l’economia dei beni comuni.