On 20 November, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee backed unanimously a European Commission proposal to end design protection for spare car parts and other machinery components. Members of the Committee amended the proposed new directive to allow EU Member States a five year transition period before implementing full liberalisation. If adopted, the directive will allow suppliers to produce motor vehicle components that are identical to the original parts, without infringing design protection. This aims to reduce prices in the repair market, where the Commission considers competition to be insufficient. Most EU Member States have a design protection regime for spare car parts.