About this initiative


Horizontal agreements are agreements between actual or potential competitors who operate at the same level of production or distribution in the market.

Usually they would need to comply with EU antitrust rules, but certain R&D and specialisation agreements have been exempted under 2 EU Regulations.

These Regulations will expire on 31 December 2022.

This evaluation will examine whether to let them lapse, extend them or amend them (and the guidelines on how to interpret them).

Type of act
Staff working document


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Evaluation and Fitness Check Roadmap
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05 September 2019 - 03 October 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (13)

  • ACT | The App Association (Belgium)
    3 October 2019 Business association
    ACT | The App Association (Belgium)

    Please find attached comments of ACT | The App Association (Transparency Reg. # 7202951387754) on the European Commission’s Roadmap, “Evaluation of the two Block Exemption Regulations for horizontal co-operation Agreements” (Ares(2019)5585183-05/09/2019). Brian Scarpelli Senior Policy Counsel ACT | The App Association (Transparency Reg. # 7202951387754) Avenue Adolphe Lacomblé, 59 B-1030 Brussels

  • AIM European Brands Association (Belgium)
    3 October 2019 Business association
    AIM European Brands Association (Belgium)

    1.Introductory remarks AIM, the European Brands Association, representing 2,500 companies in Europe, supports the existing EU level framework for horizontal agreements which overall provided a good framework for legal certainty (Regulation (EC) No 1217/2010 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1218/2010 as well as the Guidelines).In this respect, AIM supports the extension of its application. AIM is keen to contribute and share the experiences...

  • Anonymous (Germany)
    3 October 2019 Other
    Anonymous (Germany)

    Please see attached letter from Stefanie Mielert, Senior Expert Standards, IP and Innovation, Patents and Licensing, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS dated 3 October 2019.

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06 November 2019 - 12 February 2020 (midnight Brussels time)

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First quarter 2021

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