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Competition Policy

Block Exemptions - Vertical Agreements

The Vertical Block Exemption Regulations exempt agreements between manufacturers and distributors provided their agreements do not contain price-fixing and other hardcore restrictions and both do not have over a 30% market share.

Council Regulations

Council Regulation N° 19/65/EEC of 2 March 1965 on application of Article 85 (3) of the Treaty to certain categories of agreements and concerted practices.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/1999 of 10 June 1999 amending Regulation No 19/65/EEC on the application of Article 81(3) of the Treaty to certain categories of agreements and concerted practices.

 

Commission Regulations

Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/720 of 10 May 2022 on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices (VBER). This Regulation will enter into force on 1 June 2022.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 461/2010 of 27 May 2010 on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices in the motor vehicle sector.

 

Guidelines on Vertical Restraints

Communication from the Commission approving the content of the Guidelines which set out the principles for the assessment of vertical agreements under Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The Commission has approved the content of the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints in English. Therefore, the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints are only available in English for the time being. The Guidelines on Vertical Restraints will be formally adopted by the Commission later, when all language versions are available. Those versions will be added here when they are available.

 

Review of the 2010 Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines on Vertical Restraints

The 2010 VBER expires on 31st May 2022. It was therefore subject to a review together with the 2010 Guidelines on Vertical Restraints. This review ended with the adoption of a revised VBER and revised Guidelines on Vertical Restraints. The revised VBER provides for a one year transitional period (until 31 May 2023). For information, below are the texts of the 2010 VBER and Guidelines.

Commission Regulation 330/2010 of 20 April 2010 on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices.

Guidelines setting out the principles for the assessment of vertical agreements under Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.