Digital Services Act: HOTREC unveils position paper ahead of key European Commission legislative proposals

 

Online marketplaces, social networks, collaborative economy websites and search engines have in many regards changed the way customers book their accommodation, select their means of travelling, go out and discover local restaurants, bars and attractions. It has expanded choice and possibilities for consumers, invigorated competition, fuelled innovation and put new destinations on the map.

As such, HOTREC welcomes the European Commission’s aim to submit a proposal for a Digital Services Act package by the end of 2020, which would include a revision of the E-Commerce Directive and the introduction of new rules to address the power of gatekeeper platforms and structural competition issues – key subjects for the online hotel booking market – and has outlined its views in a position paper that can be consulted on HOTREC’s website:

  • Strengthen the bargaining power of European tourism and hospitality SMEs towards major online intermediaries – an essential issue to support the recovery of our sector amidst the Covid-19 crisis
  • Provide long-term legal certainty in the digital economy for platforms and business users
  • Create an appropriate governance framework for platform-driven services
  • Establish a level-playing field with collaborative economy services such as short-term rentals of accommodation and meal-sharing services.

While the European Commission is expected to present its proposal on 9 December at the time of writing, the European Parliament adopted a ‘legislative initiative’ report on 20 October. The report, prepared by Maltese S&D MEP Alex Agius Saliba, essentially confirms the general approach proposed by the European Commission on tackling illegal content while maintaining limited liability provisions and a ban on any general monitoring obligation. MEPs have added however key requests on regulating collaborative economy activities such as short-term rentals of accommodation.

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08 Nov
08/11/2022    
All Day
Next meeting of the PTD expert group on 8/11: agenda available: https://www.hotrec.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/draft-Agenda-8-Nov-2022.pdf
Informal meeting with Airlines4Europe - Possible impact of Fit for 55 on airline pricing and travel
08/11/2022    
09:45 - 11:15
Main outcome of the meeting available (summary + PowerPoint from Airlines4Europe)
14 Nov
14/11/2022 - 16/11/2022    
00:00
On 14-16 November 2022, the Czech presidency of the EU Council will organise the European Tourism Forum.
Webinar on Practical solutions to food waste monitoring in hospitality
17/11/2022    
10:30 - 11:30
Webinar - 17 November, 10.30-11.30 CET
Preparatory meeting SSD plenary + Update on Social Affairs
21/11/2022    
10:00 - 11:30
On 21 November 2022, HOTREC will organise its Sectoral Social Dialogue preparatory meeting + update on Social Affairs (policy and legislative files). The meeting will [...]
22 Nov
22/11/2022    
11:30 - 14:00
HOTREC has shared consolidated comments on ISO Restaurant Vocabulary Project (WD16520) now accessible and will attend the 22 November meeting. 
24 Nov
24/11/2022    
11:00 - 12:30
Slides and recording are available online. Other documents will be shared next week.
24 Nov
24/11/2022    
15:00 - 16:30
New meeting - all HOTREC members are welcome to attend - 24 November 2022
Sectoral Social Dialogue Plenary meeting
25/11/2022    
10:00 - 16:00
HOTREC-EFFAT Work Programme 2023-2024
28 Nov
28/11/2022    
15:00 - 17:00
Stanhope Hotel Brussels by Thon Hotels List of Participants Draft Agenda for ExCom meeting on 28 November 2022 PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM 16:30, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, [...]
European Hospitality Day - Event at European Parliament
29/11/2022    
08:30 - 14:30
HOTREC is organising meetings and exchanges for HOTREC members at the European Parliament on Tuesday 29 November 2022 in Brussels.
Events on 14/11/2022
14 Nov
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28 Nov