Towards the Reform of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation

Monday, 01 August 2022

The European Commission (“Commission”) published on 6 July 2022 a draft Regulation extending the duration of the validity of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (EU) No 461/2010 (MVBER) for five years, along with a draft Communication amending the old Supplementary Guidelines, and launched a public consultation until 30 September 2022, aiming to receive comments and feedback from stakeholders on the proposed changes.

The draft Communication updating the Supplementary Guidelines introduces amendments to the rules applicable to vertical agreements in the automotive sector, following the findings gathered during the evaluation process of the MVBER regime. Additionally, this draft proposal contains updates regarding the reform of the General Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (EU), with reference to the modified hardcore restrictions and the exceptions for selective distribution systems.

Our Competition Law & State Aid Practice Group, headed by Gregory Pelecanos, Senior Partner, discusses the main points of these proposed new reforms and shares its views on them in its latest newsletter.

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