Distribution and Internet : Results and prospects (Paris, 10th June 2010)

The European Commission has revised the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying Guidelines, which were 10 years old, and adopted the new Regulation 330/2010 of 20 April 2010 and its Guidelines of 19 May 2010. These new texts take into account the development of the internet as a force for sales and for cross-border commerce. As to the question of “who can sell trough the internet”, it maintains the right for approved distributors to use the internet freely to advertise or sell their products. A ban of online sales can thus exist only in exceptional cases when objectively required. In the interests of both networks and consumers, manufacturers remain free to decide how to distribute their products providing that their agreements do not contain any hardcore restrictions of competition (i.e. fixing the resale price or re-creating barriers to the EU’s single market). Under the new Regulation, they are expressly allowed to decide to sell only to dealers that have a “brick and mortar” shop (thus to exclude “pure players”) and to manage the use of the internet by requiring rules pertaining to sales conditions, the website quality, advertising and referencing, etc. to be respected.

Distribution et Internet : Bilan et Perspectives Les acteurs de la distribution en ligne Juliette VANARD Avocat, Docteur en droit I. Introduction 1. Le thème “Distribution et internet” est un sujet d'une grande actualité compte tenu de l'entrée en vigueur du nouveau règlement sur les restrictions verticales. 1. Le contexte de la réforme 2. En 1999, la Commission avait procédé à une réforme profonde des textes gouvernant les restrictions verticales, passant d'une approche formaliste à une approche plus économique fondée sur l'examen des effets produits sur le marché par les accords verticaux. Cette réforme de fond s'était concrétisée par l'adoption du Règlement n° 2790/99 du 22 décembre 1999 et de ses lignes directrices du 13 octobre 2000, applicable jusqu'au 31 mai 2010. 3.Compte tenu de cette

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  • French Competition Authority (Paris)
  • Université Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
  • PPG Industries (Rueil-Malmaison)


Irène Luc, Muriel Chagny, Juliette Vanard, Distribution and Internet : Results and prospects (Paris, 10th June 2010), December 2010, Concurrences Review N° 4-2010, Art. N° 32753,

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