The EU Commissioner for Competition Policy, Neelie Kroes, has held a roundtable discussion with the car industry to discuss the future of the motor vehicle block exemption. The block exemption exempts distribution agreements with car dealers and supply agreements with repairers from competition law by outlining what conditions would and would not be acceptable. Commissioner Kroes noted that the manufacturers would like to see a more flexible regime while car dealers like the protection they receive from the current rules. Commissioner Kroes highlighted the importance of independent repairers and noted their concern that any future regime should continue to assure access to technical information and spare parts. Commissioner Kroes concluded that while the car sales market appeared to be working well, it remains important that it be provided with a solid competition law foundation.
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