Europe Isn’t Buying Uber’s ‘We’re Just an App’ Argument


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Advocate General Maciej Szpunar noted in his opinion that Uber isn’t merely an “information society service” but a “comprehensive system for on-demand urban transport”. Nor is it a ride-sharing app, but a “service in the field of transport”. The opinion isn’t binding, and a final ruling will arrive later this year.

If the ruling does follow Szpunar’s opinion, Uber’s presence in the EU isn’t under threat, but Uber will have shift the way it operates in many mainland European cities.