Congress Committee calls for a long-term vision based on sustainable development

Congress Committee calls for a long-term vision based on sustainable development

11.02.2021

Congress Governance Committee adopts report on “Home sharing Platforms: Challenges and Opportunities for Municipalities” at its meeting on 10 February 2021.

Rapporteur Róbert-Csongor Grüman (Romania, EPP/CCE) highlighted the opportunities offered by home sharing platforms such as more accessible and affordable tourist accommodations and extra income for residents. He also recalled the negative impacts of the overgrowth of home sharing to the detriment of the residents, resulting in higher prices of accommodation and less available affordable housing.

The Committee also adopted a resolution and recommendation which will be sent to the Congress for adoption before the summer.

The resolution is addressed to the local and regional authorities and promotes a long-term policy vision and adequate and flexible regulatory framework, focused on sustainable development.

The recommendation asks national authorities to ensure legal certainty for local and regional authorities and the home-sharing platforms, creating safer digital space to protect human rights and establishing a level playing field to foster innovation and sustainable development. It also underlines that the local and regional authorities should be given increased power over the collaborative economy accommodation sector.

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