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The EU Commission publishes a report on the vertical block exemption regulation and the accompanying guidelines on vertical restraints

On 25 May 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) has published its Final Report of the support studies for the evaluation of its Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and the accompanying Guidelines on Vertical Restraints (the “Final Report”). The Final Report was published following a public consultation from 4 February to 27 May 2019 to gather views on the VBER’s functioning in the digital age. This was inspired by the growing importance of e-commerce and the interest in various online companies. This evolution has affected distribution and pricing strategies for both manufacturers and retailers, which the Commission decided warranted an evaluation of some of the current rules. The purpose of the evaluation The VBER and its accompanying Guidelines exempt certain vertical

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  • Covington & Burling (Brussels)
  • Covington & Burling (Brussels)

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Daniel Muheme, Johan Ysewyn, The EU Commission publishes a report on the vertical block exemption regulation and the accompanying guidelines on vertical restraints, 25 May 2020, e-Competitions Preview, Art. N° 95830

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