The EU Commission publishes its report on the public consultation on the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation

The growth of e-commerce over the last decade has had a significant impact on the market. Trends like the increased importance of online sales and the emergence of new market players such as online platforms significantly affected the distribution and pricing strategies of both manufacturers and retailers. As followed from the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry of the European Commission ("Commission"), this translated into an increased presence of manufacturers at the retail level who for example opened their own online shops and an increased use of restraints in both agreements and concerted practices between manufacturers and retailers (‘vertical restraints’). This raises the question whether the current rules suffice to deal with these trends. The currently ongoing public consultation on

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Pauline Kuipers, Mariska Van De Sanden, The EU Commission publishes its report on the public consultation on the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation, 30 July 2019, e-Competitions July 2019, Art. N° 94112

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