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Boosting partnerships in the collaborative consumption

Conference - EESC - Room JDE 62 - Brussels, Belgium


3 July 2014 - EESC premises - room JDE 62

2.30 p.m. - 5.10 p.m.


Collaborative consumption is a class of economic activity in which participants share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership. On 21 January 2014, the EESC endorsed an opinion on collaborative or participatory consumption and called for further action at EU level.

There is a clear need to provide information and to raise awareness about collaborative consumption. Collaborative consumption can meet social needs in situations where there is no commercial interest and it can help, as a for-profit activity, to create jobs. It offers an alternative to the excesses caused by the previous century's hyper-consumption and the immense inequalities it created, such as the unnatural coexistence of hunger and obesity, or waste and precariousness.

A conference "Boosting Partnerships in the Collaborative Consumption", co-organised by the EESC, European Sharing Economy Coalition, OuiShare and ShareNL, held in the EESC premises on 3 July 2014, explored how stakeholders can forge partnerships to lay the necessary policy framework conditions and create an enabling environment for Collaborative Consumption to be a success for Member States, business, consumers and local communities in the EU.

For further details, check out the draft programme under Related documents at the end of this page.

The conference was followed by a ShareFest organised by TaxiStop and our Committee at the Esplanade "Solidarność 1980" in front of the European Parliament from 5.15 to 8.00 p.m. to find out a series of initiatives in collaborative consumption that can help you out in your daily life!

More than a source of information and inspiration, the ShareFest was a unique occasion to fully get involved and interact with the various stands. Seize the opportunity to be a "consumDOer": bring your tools and utensils to exchange,… and your passion for sharing and learning!


European Economic and Social Committee
Rue Belliard, 99 - room JDE 62
1040 Brussels