The EU Commission publishes a Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines on vertical restrictions

Internet distribution – The European Commission publishes new rules on vertical agreements* On 20 April 2010, the European Commission published the revised Block Exemption Regulation and the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints. The long awaited Block Exemption Regulation (the “BER”) and the Guidelines follow a significant consultation process which has attracted significant attention, notably in respect to the rules that apply to distribution agreements in the online space. In particular, the Guidelines clarify under which circumstances vertical restrictions on online selling are allowed, in particular in the context of exclusive distribution and selective distribution systems. Online selling and exclusive distribution. Under the revised BER suppliers can restrict active, but not

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Gabriele Accardo, The EU Commission publishes a Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines on vertical restrictions, 20 April 2010, e-Competitions Vertical restrictions and e-commerce, Art. N° 62374

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