EU commissioner for research and innovation Carlos Moedas (r) meeting with Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber. (Photo: European Commission)


Sharing economy: Lobbyists educate EU officials

The lobbying power of companies that count themselves among the sharing economy is still relatively small, but growing rapidly.

Take Uber, famous for its ride-sharing app. In 2015, the latest year for which it provided information to the EU's transparency register, Uber spent between €400,000 and €499,999 (companies are not required to give a specific figure) on lobbying activities in Brussels.

Uber's EU lobbying budget is comparably tiny to that of Google, for example, which sp...

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