Athens mayor says draft bill on taxi services should not stifle innovation

Athens mayor Giorgos Kamminis said he is against the government draft bill that limits the operation of taxi services like Greek app Beat and ride-sharing platforms like Uber.

“I am opposed to the government’s effort to treat an on-line mediation platform the same way as a transport provider. Anything that improves the provision of services towards citizens and therefore improves their lives must be sought after, not rejected,” he said.

Kaminis acknowledged that a legislative framework is needed for businesses operating in the shared economy model but the laws “should not stifle entrepreneurship and innovation. And above all, it should not work at the expense of society.”