The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its proposal for a revised Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines on supply and distribution agreements (vertical restraints). Commission Block Exemption Regulation 2790/1999 ensures that supply and distribution agreements that comply with its provisions benefit from an exemption from the EC Treaty’s ban on restrictive business practices (Article 81(1). The current Regulation is due to expire in May 2010.

The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out the key elements of the competition regime which will apply to the motor vehicle sector after the expiry of the current Block Exemption Regulation 1400/2002.