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Block Exemption Review

May 2010: Adoption of new Regulation and guidelines

27.5.2010 – the new block exemption regulation and guidelines have been adopted. The Regulation enters into force on 1 June 2010.

The provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1400/2002 on vertical agreements for the purchase, sale or resale of new motor vehicles still apply until 31 May 2013.

December 2009: Draft Regulation and draft guidelines

The Commission has published a draft Regulation on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices ("Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation") and draft Supplementary guidelines on vertical restraints in the motor vehicle sector.

All stakeholders are invited to provide their comments.

Press release IP/09/1984: Antitrust: Commission launches public consultation on review of competition rules for motor vehicle sector

July 2009 – Communication and Impact Assessment Report of the Commission: the future competition law framework

The Commission has adopted a Communication setting out the key elements of the competition regime which will apply to the motor vehicle sector after the expiry of the current Block exemption Regulation n° 1400/2002. The Commission's Communication is accompanied by an Impact Assessment Report.

View consultation documents (Communication and Impact Assessment Report) and contributions

February 2009: Roundtable on future competition law framework

Synopsis of the roundtable with leading figures from the main stakeholder groups to discuss the future of block exemption regulation 1400/2002.

09.02.2009 - Commissioner Kroes held a roundtable with leading figures from the main stakeholder groups to discuss the future of block exemption regulation 1400/2002.

Press release

Commissioner's closing remarks to the roundtable

Issues Paper on the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation – "kick-off" document given to participants setting out key points for discussion


May 2008: Evaluation Report on Block Exemption Regulation 1400/2002

Commission Evaluation Report on the operation of Regulation (EC) N° 1400/2002 concerning motor vehicle distribution and servicing
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Staff working documents:

Main elements and objectives
Evolution of the motor vehicle markets
Public and private enforcement
The Impact of Regulation 1400/2002

Press release IP/08/810 - Commission report on car block exemption shows that competition has improved

Contributions from interested parties