Uber is about to suspend operations in Brussels after the court ruling

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks at a product launch event in San Francisco, California on September 26, 2019.

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Uber It has been ordered to stop providing its main ride-hailing service in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, starting Friday night.

The Brussels Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that the 2015 ban on private taxi services also applies to professional drivers.

“From this Friday, you will not be able to take Uber in the EU capital,” Uber Wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “We are disappointed by the court’s decision to close our Brussels application today.”

Uber said the decision violated the European Commission’s figures and green ambitions. The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union.

Uber has been fighting legal battles across Europe over how to hire drivers and comply with taxi regulations. It says that drivers like the flexibility of self-employment, but some drivers say it is difficult for them to make enough money through the app, and they also missed out on employee benefits such as sick leave and annual leave.

Uber has Urge sign petition Save 2,000 professional Uber drivers in the city.

Niklas Oestberg, co-founder and CEO of Delivery Hero, also criticized the decision.

“Europe’s anti-tech stance will only harm our own technological progress,” he said Wrote on Twitter“Uber upended the taxi industry 10 years ago, don’t we still have a better solution?”

Angry drivers blocked the main street leading from the European agency to the centre of Brussels on Thursday in protest against the Brussels Transport Authority Suggest The driver avoids crossing the city.

Brussels government Agreed on Thursday Proposals to reform the taxi and private car industries in the region. The authorities said they will “actively find a temporary solution for Uber”, although it has not yet officially announced it.

Brussels Minister and President Rudi Vervoort wrote on Twitter that the agreement “must guarantee the provision of high-quality services that adapt to the new habits of customers and users”.

The court also fined Uber 300,000 euros ($336,000), According to BloombergAccording to reports, the company, in supporting the complaint of Brussels taxi company Taxis Verts, required the two departments of the company to pay 150,000 euros each.

Although London is Uber’s largest market in Europe, Brussels is a major city, and many business representatives and politicians visit the city regularly.

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