The EU Commission publishes a working document summarizing the findings of the evaluation phase of the review of the vertical block exemption regulation and its guidelines

On 8 September 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") published a working document (the "Evaluation Report") summarising the findings of the evaluation phase of the review of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation ("VBER") and the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints ("Vertical Guidelines"). It marks the end of the first phase of the Commission's review of these tools. The evaluation has identified a number of issues with rules covering areas affected by market developments in the last 10 years, particularly the rise of online sales and the emergence of online platforms. This article provides an overview of the Commission's findings, and a potential glimpse into how EU antitrust rules on vertical agreements might change over the next few years. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY

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Michaël Cousin, Alexi Dimitriou, The EU Commission publishes a working document summarizing the findings of the evaluation phase of the review of the vertical block exemption regulation and its guidelines, 8 septembre 2020, e-Competitions October 2020, Art. N° 96955

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