The EU Commission publishes an inception impact assessment as part of the reform of the vertical block exemption regulation

On 23 October 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published an Inception Impact Assessment (the “Inception Assessment”) (available here) as part of the revision of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and the Vertical Guidelines in anticipation of the expiry of the VBER on 31 May 2022. The Inception Assessment is a four-page document (described by the Commission as a roadmap) which briefly summarises various policy options that the Commission is considering in order to address perceived shortcomings in the current rules identified during the evaluation phase of the VBER (see VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2020, No. 9). As a next step, and subject to comments on the Inception Assessment, the Commission currently plans to review these options in detail in an impact

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Andrzej Kmiecik, Floris-Willem Dierickx, Helga Gudmundsdottir, The EU Commission publishes an inception impact assessment as part of the reform of the vertical block exemption regulation, 23 October 2020, e-Competitions November 2020 - II, Art. N° 97742

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