Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Competition, held a roundtable on 9 February 2009, on the future of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBE). The MVBE provides a competition law "safe harbour" for motor vehicle distribution agreements which are compliant with its provisions. The MVBE is due to expire in 2010 and the Commission is consulting on whether to bring motor vehicle distribution agreements under the ambit of the general provisions of the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation or whether to retain a more sector specific regime. Participants included consumer representatives, car manufacturers, dealers, roadside assistance operators and independent repairers. The object of the meeting was to explore the relative advantages and disadvantages of various options. The Commission initially appeared to favour a solution which would not have involved a sector specific regulation but this has been very controversial and many stakeholders were keen to take the opportunity to voice their concerns.