The EU Commission adopts new rules on vertical restraints

On April 20, 2010, the European Commission adopted a new Regulation (No 330/2010) listing the conditions under which vertical restraints are exempt from the prohibition on anti-competitive agreements (defined by Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, «TFEU», formerly known as Article 81(1) of the EC Treaty), as well as new Guidelines providing guidance to firms on how to self-assess the compatibility with Article 101 of vertical agreements falling outside the scope of the Regulation's safe harbor. The new rules will replace Regulation n° 2790/1999 EC [1] and the previous guidelines [2] as of June 2010 and will remain in force until May 2022. The most significant novelties introduced by the new Regulation and by the new Guidelines consist of: the addition

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Filippo Amato, Stefano Macchi di Cellere, Johannes Zöttl, The EU Commission adopts new rules on vertical restraints, 20 avril 2010, e-Competitions April 2010, Art. N° 33680

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