INTERNATIONAL : LIDC INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS - NATIONAL REPORTS - VERTICAL RELATIONSHIPS - RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE - AGREEMENTS - INFORMATION EXCHANGES

Resale Price Maintenance : A synthesis of 13 national reports

The aim of this international report* prepared for the LIDC International Congress in Bordeaux (30 September - 3 October 2010) is to examine « which, if any, agreements, practices or information exchanges about prices should be prohibited in vertical relationships ? » The basis for assessment is national reports drafted by thirteen national reporters, of which ten from the European Union. Considering the recent more tolerable approach towards resale price maintenance in Europe as well as in the US, several safe-harbours are proposed.

I. Introduction - the aim and structure of this report 1. The aim of this international report (« the Report ») is to examine « which, if any, agreements, practices or information exchanges about prices should be prohibited in vertical relationships ? » The basis for assessment is national reports drafted by thirteen national reporters, of which ten from the European Union (« EU »). I would like to thank the national groups and the national reporters for their comprehensive and high-quality work. [1] Needless to say, any failure to correctly perceive and present the information in the national reports is mine alone. Austrian report - Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, Gerhard Fussenegger, bpv Huegel Belgian report - Elise Provost, University of Liège Brazilian report - Paulo Parente Marques Mendes,

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Elisabeth Eklund-Legnerfält, Resale Price Maintenance : A synthesis of 13 national reports, février 2011, Concurrences N° 1-2011, Art. N° 33936, www.concurrences.com

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