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The EU Commission publishes draft guidelines concerning horizontal cooperation agreements

"HORIZONTAL CO-OPERATION AGREEMENTS: Ensuring a modern policy"* After the successful reform of the EC competition rules on vertical restraints, the Commission is now focusing on updating its policy on collaboration agreements between competitors (horizontal co-operation agreements). These agreements are potentially restrictive of competition and could thus fall under Article 81 of the Treaty. Guidance for the assessment of horizontal cooperation under the Community competition rules is currently given by way of two block exemption Regulations (on research and development (R&D) agreements [1] and specialisation agreements [2]) and two Notices [3] (dealing with particular problems such as the assessment of co-operative joint ventures). As the block exemption Regulations will expire

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Joachim Lücking, The EU Commission publishes draft guidelines concerning horizontal cooperation agreements, 27 April 2000, e-Competitions April 2000, Art. N° 39285

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