"Mayor and Executive Board of the Municipality of Amsterdam agree on the Action Plan on Sharing Economy and herewith gives space to the opportunities the sharing (or collaborative) economy offers to the city. Sharing economy is a broad concept, amongst other things it is about making more efficient use of goods, services and skills. By using online platforms, people can for example exchange, rent and borrow stuff from each other more easily. The consumer is at the centre and gets more affordable and easier access to services and goods. The Mayor and Executive Board 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. Thus the sharing economy is not a question of ban or authorize, but of monitor and seize opportunities where possible."
Link to Action Plan Sharing Economy (pdf): http://www.slideshare.net/shareNL/amsterdam-actionplan-sharing-economy
More about Amsterdam Sharing City: www.amsterdamsharingcity.com