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The VBER review - starting off on the right foot

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:00 - 20:30

Venue: Renaissance Brussels Hotel

On 17 December, DG COMP fined Guess nearly €40 million for five different anti-competitive practices sanctioning, for the first time, online advertising restrictions involving brand names and trademarks.

The Commission is expected to launch the much-anticipated review of the Verticals Block Exemption Regulation and Guidelines (“VBER”, “the Review”) with a detailed questionnaire in February.

According to the November 2018 roadmap, the Review will focus on evaluating the VBER’s:

  • Effectiveness (e.g., whether the hard-core and excluded restrictions effectively capture agreements unlikely to satisfy Article 101(3))?
  • Efficiency, in particular whether it has reduced costs for undertakings and NCAs in ensuring compliance with Article 101?
  • Relevance in light of new market developments, in particular the increasing importance of the online and offline sales channel strategy of European producers? 
  • Coherence with the Commission's overall enforcement policy (e.g., post E-commerce Sector Inquiry enforcement actions); and
  • Contribution to a consistent application of Article 101 to vertical agreements in the Member States?

Marieke Scholz and Andrea Amelio have very kindly agreed to participate in this first Europe-wide 'Chatham House rule' discussion following the launch of the Review, the start of the (not-so-long) road to 2022 shaping EU distribution competition policy in the digital era.

Register here#EUevents


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  • Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:00 - 20:30

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