The new EU Competition Rules on Horizontal Co‑operation Agreements

The new EU Competition Rules on Horizontal Co‑operation Agreements*1. Context On 14 December 2010, the European Commission adopted new rules and guidelines for the assessment of horizontal co operation agreements under EU competition law. This new regime consists of a set of guidelines, the so called “Horizontal Guidelines” [1], and two Block Exemption Regulations [2] (BER) regarding research and development agreements on the one hand and specialisation and joint production agreements on the other hand. Horizontal co operation agreements, i.e. agreements concluded between companies operating at the same level of the supply chain, such as agreements to co operate on research and development, production, purchasing, commercialisation, standardisation, and exchange of information, can

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  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Positive Competition (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • European Commission - Legal Service (Brussels)

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Donncadh Woods, Aleksandra Boutin, Anna Vernet, Henning Leupold, The new EU Competition Rules on Horizontal Co‑operation Agreements, 14 December 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2010, Art. N° 47953

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