The EU Commission releases a staff working document evaluation on the vertical block exemption regulation which gives guidance on online restrictions

The rapid development that the e-commerce sector has undergone in the last decade has meant its definitive implementation as one of the most relevant routes to market. This development has come along with important judgments of the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") on this matter. Cases such as Pierre Fabre or, later, Coty have shed light on the situation of e-commerce within the framework of the Vertical Agreements. Some National Competition Authorities, such as the CMA, have carried out market studies on competition law and e-commerce and have specifically addressed the issue of the increasingly popular digital price comparison tools. The European Commission has not remained on the sidelines of this evolution. In addition to the recent working document on the evaluation of the

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Patricia Linan Hernandez, Candela Sotés Macaya, The EU Commission releases a staff working document evaluation on the vertical block exemption regulation which gives guidance on online restrictions, 8 September 2020, e-Competitions September 2020, Art. N° 97254

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