Poor Lawmaking Creates Exponential Legislative Failures. The Case of Platform Work Regulation

The Directive on regulating platform work (the Directive), first proposed by the European Commission (the EC) in December 2021, introduces a legal presumption of employment for potentially misclassified self-employed gig workers. Suppose an economic relationship between two parties meets the criteria set in the Directive. In that case, the worker must be forced into a labor contract and abide by labor regulations, regardless of their will.


Deliberations in the European Parliament (the EP) have been going on for over a year; however, the Directive has yet to be enacted. With Romania and Germany abstaining, there is a blocking minority, and negotiations are at a standstill. But the European Union (the EU) remains anxious because of its commitment that “we must do something.”

This policy briefing explores the critical concerns raised by both platforms and platform workers during the Directive’s pan-European and national deliberations and suggests possible ways to move forward.


Download the full policy briefing note here.

Originally published at 4liberty.eu