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Commission consults on Vertical Restraints Block Exemption and Guidelines

7 February 2019

Prof. Suzanne Rab

The European Commission has invited public views on its assessment of Regulation 330/2010, the vertical agreements block exemption regulation (VBER) and accompanying Guidelines on Vertical Restraints (Vertical Restraints Guidelines) .

The current VBER, which was adopted in 2010, will expire on 31 May 2022.  In November last year the Commission invited feedback following publication of an evaluation and fitness check on the VBER .

The Commission is considering whether to allow the block exemption to lapse, extend its duration or revise its scope to take account of new market developments since 2010.

The consultation takes the form of a survey where it invites respondents to answer specific questions on the operation of the VBER and VR Guidelines.  The Commission invites responses to the questionnaire by 27 May 2019.

Please contact Paul McNab, Senior Civil Clerk if you would like to discuss your responses to the consultation or require assistance in preparing your response.

For details of the consultation see here:


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