Special Uber committee given two-month extension by Brussels Parliament

Special Uber committee given two-month extension by Brussels Parliament
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The Brussels Parliament meeting on Friday agreed to extend the mandate of the special Uber commission by two months.

The committee, chaired by Cieltje Van Achter (N-VA), has been given extra time to work until 19 May.

A special committee of the Brussels Parliament was set up, among other things, to investigate Uber’s influence strategy in the Belgian capital, in the context of the reform of the taxi plan adopted a few months ago.

An investigation by an international consortium of journalists into the “Uber files” revealed the existence of contacts between Uber and the Brussels Government in preparation for the reform, and in particular between lobbyist Mark MacGann and former Mobility Minister Pascal Smet (One.Brussels-Vooruit).

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Like a number of players in the taxi, limousine and platform sector, the ex-Uber lobbyist has already been “heard”. He said he had only met Pascal Smet twice in his office, when the latter was working on the reform of the taxi plan. The administrations and (former) ministers concerned, among others, have yet to be heard.

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