The EU Commission consults on new competition rules for vertical agreements

The European Commission has invited interested parties to comment on the revised competition rules applicable to vertical arrangements under the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the Vertical Guidelines. It comes as no surprise that the new draft rules, due to enter into force in June 2022, have a strong focus on the e-commerce economy. They aim at clarifying the application of Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines to online sales and platforms, as well as adapting the rules to market developments. This means, among others, updating the rules on dual distribution, parity obligations, active sales restrictions, and certain indirect online sales restrictions. Interested parties can make their opinion known up until 17 September 2021. Background On 9 July

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Marta Powolny, Ivan Pico, Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, The EU Commission consults on new competition rules for vertical agreements, 9 July 2021, e-Competitions July 2021, Art. N° 101892

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