Since the launch

Amsterdam action plan sharing economy

Amsterdam action plan
sharing economy

One of the first things the Municipality of Amsterdam did was putting together a so-called ‘Action Plan Sharing Economy.’ With this Action Plan, officially launched earlier this year, the Mayor and Executive Board of the City of Amsterdam ‘give space to the opportunites the sharing economy offers to the city.’ They want to ‘stimulate the sharing economy where possible, without losing sight of any excesses. Risks include an uneven playing field or a lack of social security.’ Well-balanced set: ‘The sharing economy is not a question of ban or authorize, but of monitor and seize opportunities where possible.’ This proactive attitude towards the sharing economy encourages activities that will benefit ‘innovation, social inclusiveness, sustainability and entrepreneurship.’ The City also has an open approach to the sharing economy platforms and tries to collaborate with them as much as possible. The local government welcomes disruption, ‘wherever this strengthens the city and can benefit its inhabitants.’ However, the City will intervene if ‘unwelcome situations arise as a result of particular initiatives.’ It’s this continuous search for balance between the opportunities and the challenges that might well form part of the success of Amsterdam as a home for the sharing economy.

As the adage says: ‘practice what you preach.’ Which means the the Municipality to not only gives spaces to the sharing economy, it also started with several pilot projects itself. From sharing transportation to sharing office spaces, the City started piloting with it. Another example, more about social inclusiveness, is a current pilot where the sharing economy is linked to the ‘City Pass.’ The City Pass gives 180,000 Amsterdam residents, many elderly or on low incomes, access to several services in the city. By linking the sharing economy to the City Pass, its holders will have access to even a greater and often more affordable palette of products and services, like local food, goods and care. It’s partly this leading position towards the sharing economy that made Amsterdam into the European Capital of Innovation.’