Automobile and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law

1. Introduction The year 2013 was an important milestone in the motor vehicle sector, with the new Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation ("MVBER") [1] and the new MVBER Guidelines [2] replacing the previous legislative package [3] from 1 June 2013. The main feature of the new legal framework is the distinction it makes between the markets for the sale of new motor vehicles and the motor vehicle aftermarkets. Under the new regime, the sale of new vehicles is subject only to the general rules of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation ("VBER") [4]. It is only outside the scope of the general vertical block exemption (e.g. if the market share thresholds are exceeded) that the Vertical Guidelines [5] of the Commission must be read together with the new MVBER Guidelines, which

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Márton Horányi, Zoltan Hegymegi-Barakonyi, Automobile and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law, 2 April 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Automobile, Art. N° 65007

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