Platform economy initiatives

03 februari 2021

This section of Eurofound’s web repository on the platform economy aims to provide an overview of the various initiatives that exist or that have been implemented in relation to activities in the platform economy. As the platform economy itself is very heterogeneous, so are these initiatives. Therefore, Eurofound takes a broad understanding of ‘initiative’, which can be approximated as any organised attempt to:

  • manage platform economy based activities in order to ensure compliance with rules and regulations (for example, in August 2018, the city of Vienna announced a cooperation with an accommodation platform to ensure tax compliance of its users);
  • any non-institutionalised attempt to provide ancillary support services for platform workers, platform companies or clients (for example, workers providing each other trouble shooting assistance on a forum);
  • any proposed or undertaken action with the aim of representing actors in the platform economy in the public or political sphere (for example, Deliveroo bike couriers forming a ‘Riders Union’).

The overview organises initiatives by their function. As some initiatives have more than one function, they can occur under several headings.

This overview presents a list of initiatives known to Eurofound and does not by any means claim to be exhaustive. Furthermore, the following does not constitute any assessment of initiatives either by including them or absenting them from the list. The descriptions of the initiatives use the terms denoted by the initiatives themselves to describe their area of operation, for example ‘sharing economy’, the ‘collaborative economy’, the ‘platform economy’ or otherwise.

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Botxo Riders is a bicycle delivery cooperative in Bilbao, Spain. It is collectively owned by its employees/couriers and strives to offer the most...

Zámpate is a platform cooperative operating in Zaragoza, Spain. It offers meal deliveries supporting local businesses and operating in a...

La Pájara is a platform cooperative based in Madrid, which aims to offer a local alternative to the large platforms in the sector. Resulting from the...

Riders Union Bologna is a group of riders and social activists working in...

The Rodant Bicimissatgeria cooperative operates via a platform and carries out deliveries of packages and food. It was founded in November 2020...

Huelva Vence is a platform cooperative operating in Huelva, Spain. It...

Riders x Derechos was founded by a group of food delivery riders in Spain to negotiate better working conditions with the respective platforms. 

The Mensakas cooperative was founded in May 2018 by the help of...

The Royal Decree 1076/2017 came into force on 29 December 2017. It establishes complementary rules to the Regulations of the Act Organising Land Transport (ROTT). The decree prohibits the transfer of VTC licenses within the first two...

In January 2021, the Barcelona Court ruled that Deliveroo riders are to be considered employees rather than independent contractors. It decided that 741 riders had to be registered as employees while Deliveroo received a fine of €1,3...

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