The European Commission adopts new competition law framework for motor vehicle distribution and repair

On 27 May 2010, after an intensive and controversial review of the current regime lasting two years, the European Commission adopted Commission Regulation 461/2010 concerning the application of Article 101(3) TFEU to vertical agreements in the motor vehicle sector (the “New MVBER”) and its accompanying Guidelines. These documents establish the legal regime that will apply to the motor vehicle sector after 31 May 2010 when the current MVBER (Commission Regulation 1400/2002) is set to expire. The New MVBER will remain in force until 31 May 2023. The future block exemption regime can be summarised as follows: 1. As a result of a three year extension, the current MVBER will continue to apply to agreements for the sale and distribution of new motor vehicles until 31 May 2013. Thereafter,

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Andrzej Kmiecik, The European Commission adopts new competition law framework for motor vehicle distribution and repair, 27 May 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2010, Art. N° 41528

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