On Thursday, 25 February a conference on sharing economy will be held at the Riigikogu, the Parliament of Estonia. The conference was initiated by the European Union Affairs committee of the Riigikogu and will bring together around 100 entrepreneurs, experts and politicians from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Cyprus.
In the opinion of Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling, the rapid development of sharing economy services brings along changes in the structure of economy and also the need to change the laws. “It is necessary to create a suitable environment for sharing economy in Estonia and to be at the forefront, so that the regulations would not hinder the development of new economy. I am sure the conference will give a good overview of the current situation in sharing economy, and its potential in Estonia and in the European Union,” Palling said.
Member of the European Union Affairs Committee Juhan Parts thinks that a conference dedicated to sharing economy is necessary. “Let’s hope sharing economy will not become a replacement activity offering pseudo-satisfaction, which will be used as a shield to cover the problems of real economy,” Parts said, and added that he would like to ask Uber at the conference on which terms and conditions that company would be ready to roll its billions through Estonia.
At the conference, Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, representative of Uber Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Director General of the Tax and Customs Board Marek Helm and Deputy Secretary General for Internal Market at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications Keit Kasemets will discuss the possibilities of new business models in the European Union.
Representative of Taxify Markus Villig, founder of Wisemile Arti Kütt and representative of Uber in Estonia Enn Metsar will speak about the implementation of innovative ideas in Estonia.
The programme of the conference and registration form (in Estonian) can be found at the website.
The conference, which will be held in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu, on 25 February from 12.30 p.m. to 4.15 p.m., may be followed online at the website.
Working languages of the conference are English and Estonian.