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The EU Commission adopts the new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and vertical guidelines signalling tougher enforcement on digital firms

On May 10, 2022, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted Regulation 2022/720, i.e., the new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“New VBER”), [1] together with the new Vertical Guidelines (“New Guidelines”), [2] both of which will enter into force on June 1, 2022. The new VBER concludes the reviewing process from the previous system in 2010. The New VBER originated from the staff working document adopted in September 2020, [3] which led to the draft VBER and New Guidelines after a public consultation that drew wide participation. [4] While the New VBER and New Guidelines keep many of the changes from earlier drafts, they also provide further modifications that overturn some of the approaches initially adopted. Background Art. 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European

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Enzo Marasà, Irene Picciano, Francesco Tognato, The EU Commission adopts the new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and vertical guidelines signalling tougher enforcement on digital firms, 10 May 2022, e-Competitions Preview, Art. N° 108703

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