The EU Commission adopts proposal for a new motor vehicle block exemption

"Towards a new motor vehicle block exemption — Commission proposal for motor vehicle distribution, adopted on 5 February 2002"*1. Why a new sector specific Block Exemption Regulation? As evidenced in the Commission’s evaluation report on Regulation 1475/95] [1] (the current Block Exemption Regulation in force until 30 September 2002), the combination of exclusivity and selectivity led to rigidities in distribution, like rigidities to cross-border purchases -thereby maintaining unnatural geographical boundaries-, unsatisfactory level of intra-brand competition, and high dealer’s dependence level vis-à-vis motor vehicle manufacturers, to the detriment of consumers’ interests. Indeed, the evaluation report showed that the current system does not benefit to consumers, and therefore the

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Lazaros Tsoraklidis, The EU Commission adopts proposal for a new motor vehicle block exemption, 5 February 2002, e-Competitions February 2002, Art. N° 38963

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