Regulating the New Self-Employed in the Uber Economy: What Role for EU Competition Law?

Victoria Ivanova Daskalova (Corresponding Author)

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This paper discusses the role that EU competition law can play in regulating the “new selfemployed”—precarious workers formally considered to be micro-enterprises. Specific attention is paid to the newest type of “new self-employed,” namely those engaged via matchmaking platforms arranging for work to be contracted on demand. Despite their unequal bargaining position, self-employed individuals are barred from collective bargaining due to the EU competition rules. This Article argues that the problem will not be solved by modifying the respective tests for “worker” and “undertaking” in EU law, or by introducing exceptions under Article 101 TFEU. This Article then adopts a regulatory approach to canvass the different legal instruments available to address exploitation concerns in the context of the Uber economy, and discusses the role that EU competition law can play in such a regime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-508
JournalGerman law journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018



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