Guide to the EU Block Exemption for Vertical Agreements
The revised EC policy on the application of competition law to vertical agreements is one of the most important developments in EC anti-trust for many years. The block exemption regulation, which came into effect on 1 June 2000, and the accompanying policy changes are crucially important for companies doing business in the European Union. Whichever route a business chooses to get its products to market, it needs to understand the impact of the EC rules.
This guide provides a comprehensive and practical commentary on the new rules. The work contains the full text of the block exemption regulation, accompanying guidelines and other relevant Commission notices. Issues covered include:background to EC competition law and its application to vertical agreements; in-depth analysis of the provisions of the block exemption regulation; examination of how the rules apply to exclusive distribution; and selective distribution, franchising and agency agreements.
The authoritative and in-depth analysis of the guide will be invaluable to in-house counsel, business people and practitioners involved in or advising on the distribution of goods or services in the EU.
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EC COMPETITION RULES
UMBRELLA BLOCK EXEMPTION
Agency Agreements within Article 811
EXCLUSIVE AND SELECTIVE DISTRIBUTION
The Block Exemption Regulation
Commission Notice Guidelines on Vertical Restraints
Regulation No 17 First Regulation implementing
APPENDIX E Regulation No 1965EEC of 2 March of the Council
under Article 811 of the EC Treaty 2001C 14905