On 12 July 2021, the European Parliament (the “EP“) and the Council reached an informal agreement on the revision of the Aarhus Regulation to ensure that EU administrative acts are in line with EU green goals. It expands the list of subjects who can challenge EU acts to include members of the public and broadensContinue reading “The long battle of environmental lawyers for better public scrutiny of EU acts: where do we stand?”
On 9 July 2021, the European Commission has published the long awaited drafts of the revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and Guidelines on Vertical Restraints (“Vertical Guidelines”), contextually launching a public consultation to gather stakeholders’ feedback before the adoption of the new rules planned by June 2022. This follows a review process of moreContinue reading “Vertical agreements soon to see revised rules: the Commission’s draft VBER and Vertical Guidelines are open for comments”
On 6 May 2021, the Commission has published a staff working document (“SWD“, see here) on its evaluation of the two Horizontal block exemption regulations (‘HBERs‘, expiring on 31 December 2022) – Regulations (EU) No 1217/2010 (R&D BER) and 1218/2010 (Specialisation BER) – and its Horizontal Cooperation Guidelines.
The Commission is assessing how its competition policy can best contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal.
Informal guidance by competition authorities on whether a particular planned agreement or intended practice is in line with competition rules can be very helpful for businesses – companies cannot afford to risk running afoul of competition rules, huge fines and a severe damage to their reputation, just for a mistaken self-assessment.