In the course of the ongoing review of the application of the EU competition rules to horizontal cooperation agreements, the European Commission (“Commission”) published on 7 June 2021 an inception impact assessment (“IIA”) in relation to potential revisions to the Research and Development Block Exemption Regulation (“R&D BER”) and the Specialisation Block Exemption Regulation (“Specialisation BER”) (together the “H-BERs”) as well as of the guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements (the “Horizontal Guidelines”). This follows the publication of a Staff Working Document (“SWD”) on 6 May 2021, which concluded the evaluation phase of the review, during which the Commission had gathered evidence on the functioning of the current horizontal cooperation rules. In the IIA, the Commission now
The EU Commission publishes an inception impact assessment about potential revisions to the research and development block exemption regulation and the specialisation block exemption regulation
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