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The activities of the Commission's competition department in the antitrust field involve the application of Articles 101, 102 and 106 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ("TFEU").

Vertical agreements in the motor vehicle sector may also benefit from "block exemption". This is a safe harbour that exempts a whole category of motor vehicle distribution and repair agreements from the prohibition laid down in Article 101(1) TFEU.

Agreements can benefit from block exemption under Commission Regulation 330/2010 or Commission Regulation 461/2010 so long as they do not contain any serious restrictions of competition and also meet the other conditions laid down by the relevant Regulation. One of the tasks of the competition department is to monitor the application of these rules. It does so in close liaison with the competition authorities of the Member States.

Block Exemption Regulations

Commission Guidelines

  • Commission notice - Guidelines on Vertical Restraints
    Official Journal C 130, 19.05.2010, p. 1
  • 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
    Official Journal C138, 28.5.2010, p.16.

Frequently asked questions on the application of EU antitrust rules in the motor vehicle sector

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Other legal texts useful for assessing vertical agreements in the motor vehicles sector


This archive contains legislation no longer in force, as well as documents from the legislative process leading to the adoption of Regulation 1400/2002 and of Regulation 461/2010.