The European Commission opens consultation on guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements

On 4 May 2010, the Commission opened a public consultation on the treatment of various types of horizontal cooperation agreements under the EU competition rules. The consultation forms part of the Commission’s preparation of new block exemption regulations and guidelines for horizontal agreements, which are intended to replace the existing regulations and guidelines as of 1 January 2011. The Commission has put three documents out to consultation: a Draft Block Exemption Regulation on research & development agreements (“Draft R&D BER”), which is intended to replace Commission Regulation 2659/2000; a Draft Block Exemption Regulation on specialisation agreements (“Draft Specialisation BER”), which is intended to replace Commission Regulation 2658/2000; and Draft Guidelines on

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Richard Burton, The European Commission opens consultation on guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements, 4 May 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2010, Art. N° 41503

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