The European Commission adopts new vertical agreements block exemption regulation and vertical restraints guidelines

On 21 April 2010, the Commission adopted final versions of the new Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (“VABER”) and Vertical Restraints Guidelines (“Guidelines”). The new VABER will enter into force on 1 June 2010, and will expire at the end of May 2022. The new VABER provides for a transitional period of one year (until 31 May 2011) for agreements already in force on 31 May 2010 which satisfy the conditions of the current VABER (Regulation n° 2790/1999 EC [1]) but not the new VABER. In general, it would appear that the new VABER and Guidelines are unlikely to have a significant effect on existing agreements, as they continue to reflect the same Commission policies. Thus, although the new VABER is in several respects stricter than the current VABER (Regulation 2790/1999), for

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Andrzej Kmiecik, The European Commission adopts new vertical agreements block exemption regulation and vertical restraints guidelines, 20 April 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Exclusive distribution, Art. N° 41551

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