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The Future Competition Law Framework applicable to the Motor Vehicle sector

Policy field

Competition (antitrust)

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholders having direct experience with the application of the block exemption to the motor vehicle sector, such as the business community and consumer associations.

Period of consultation

From 21.12.2009 to 10.02.2010

Objective of the request for stakeholder input

The current Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation expires in May 2010.

In its Communication of 22 July 2009 the Commission set out its policy orientations about the future Competition framework applying to the markets for the sales of new motor vehicles and the markets for repair and maintenance services and spare parts. The Commission sought and received comments on these policy orientations.

With regard to this consultation, the Commission seeks in particular specific comments on the draft Regulation and the draft Guidelines

View the consultation documents

  • Draft Commission Regulation on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices in the motor vehicle sector
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  • Draft Commission Notice: Supplementary guidelines on vertical restraints in agreements for the sale and repair of motor vehicles and for the distribution of spare parts for motor vehicles
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Contact details

Responsible service: DG Competition, Unit E.2 Antitrust - Consumer goods, Basic industries, Agriculture and Manufacturing

E-mail address:
Ref.: HT 1021 – stakeholder input

Postal address: European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Antitrust Registry
Ref.: HT.1021
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

Reason why the consultation period is less than 8 weeks

The Commission has to adopt the successor Regulation before the expiry of the current Regulation in May 2009 and is obliged to invite the Advisory Committee one month in advance in order to present the modified draft taking into account the input from this consultation. Therefore the consultation period has to end at the 10 February at the very latest.

It should be noted that the Commission set out its future policy orientations in great detail in its Communication of 22 July 2009 which was followed by a public consultation at that time. The draft Regulation and draft Guidelines submitted for Consultation stay within the policy orientation which had been given in this Communication. As a consequence, all stakeholders have been well aware about the content of our proposal on substance and should be able to react quickly on the drafts.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Press release

Current competition legislation applicable to the motor vehicle sector

Review of the Motor Vehicles Block Exemption Regulation

Contributions, preliminary list - will be updated

Registered organisations
  • AALG Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group en
  • AEGPL European LPG Association en
  • Conepa Federación Española de Empresarios Profesionales de Automoción es
  • Conseil européen du Commerce et de la Réparation Automobiles part 1 en - part 2 en - part 1 fr - part 2 fr
  • CNPA Conseil National des professions de l'automobile fr annex 1 fr annex 2 fr
  • FEBMA Federation of European bearing manufacturers associations en
  • FIGIEFA en
  • GVA Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel de
  • IRU International Road Transport Union en
  • JAMA Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association en
  • OeAMTC Österreichischer Automobil- Motorrad- und Touring Club de
  • UEIL Independent Union of the European lubricant Industry en
  • ZDS Zwiazek Dealerow Samochodow pl
Individual Contributions - Non-registered organisations
  • AALG Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group en
  • ABL Norwegian Association of importers of spareparts, accessories and garage equipment en
  • ADICONSUM Associazione difesa consumatori e ambiente it
  • AEDC Asociación española para la defensa de la competencia es
  • AESRA Association Européenne des Services et de la Réparation Automobile fr
  • AFEC Association Française d'Etude de la Concurrence fr - annex fr
  • AIRC International car body repair association en
  • ANWB Royal Dutch Touring Club nl
  • Autobetriebe Gmbh de
  • Bilbranchen da
  • BILIA AB en
  • Bird & Bird de
  • BOVAG nl
  • CETRAA Confederación Española de talleres es
  • CISPME Conseil Supérieur des indépendants et des PME fr nl annex fr
  • CNA.Servizi alla Comunità - Autoriparazione it
  • Daf Trucks N.V. en
  • EDL European Distribution Lawyers de
  • Ernest Guy Gilles Ferrari &C sas en
  • European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) en
  • European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) en
  • EUROPIA European Petroleum Industry Association en
  • Eversheds LLP en
  • FEDA Fédération des Syndicats de la Distribution Automobile fr
  • Fédération des Artisans du Luxembourg fr
  • Federauto Confédération belge du Commerce et de la Réparation automobiles et des Secteurs connexes asbl fr - annex 1 fr - annex 2 en
  • FEDERAICPA Federazione Associazioni Italiani Concessionari produzione automotoristica part 1 it part 2 it
  • Fégarlux Fédération des garagistes de Grand-Duché de Luxembourg fr
  • FSB Federation of small Businesses en
  • HUK Coburg de - annex de
  • Kia Motors Europe GmbH en
  • Leaseplan/Arval/ALD en
  • MOBIVIA Groupe (formaly NORAUTO Groupe) fr
  • MRF Motorbranschens Riksforbund en
  • NBF Norwegian Association of Motor and Car Dealers and Service Organizations en
  • Patrice Milhailov Attorney fr
  • Pendragaon en
  • Polish R2RC pl
  • RMI National Franchised Dealers Association en
  • The Danish Federation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises en
  • Van Bael & Bellis en
  • Verein österreichischer VW-Audi Betriebe de
  • VÖK Verband Österreichischer KFZ- Betriebe de annex 1 de annex 2 de
  • Vogel & Vogel en fr
Public authorities
  • Austrian Ministry of Economy de
  • Autorités françaises fr
  • Danish Competition Authority da en
  • Ministerie van Economische Zaken (The Netherlands) nl
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