The EU Commission adopts new rules concerning horizontal cooperation agreements

"Horizontal Co-operation Agreements: New Rules in Force"* On 1 January 2001 new rules for the assessment of horizontal cooperation agreements entered into force. The adoption by the Commission of the new ‘block exemption’ Regulations for Specialisation and R&D agreements and of the horizontal guidelines on 29 November 2000 successfully concluded a reform project which started in late 1997. The new Regulations replace the previous ‘block exemption’ Regulations on specialisation agreements [1] and on research and development (R&D) agreements [2] which expired on 31 December 2000. The guidelines not only replace two notices, which provided guidance in respect of certain types of co-operation agreements falling outside Article 81 [3] and the assessment of cooperative joint ventures

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Donncadh Woods, Joachim Lücking, The EU Commission adopts new rules concerning horizontal cooperation agreements, 29 November 2000, e-Competitions November 2000, Art. N° 39128

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