Category Management Agreements Competition Law

The list of hardcore clauses contained in the regulation has not been substantially changed; However, several notable changes have been made to the new rules as regards the nature of restrictions deemed illegal under EU competition law. 2. New guidelines for advance payments and trafficking management agreements. The revised guidelines also devote two new sections to advance payments and trafficking management agreements. On 20 April 2010, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a new Block Exemption Regulation that revises existing EU competition rules for certain categories of “vertical agreements” between manufacturers and distributors, including online or online distribution agreements. The Commission has also published new guidelines that provide a more in-depth overview of the assessment of the legality of common restrictions in these agreements, including agreements that are not covered by the correct port of the Regulation. Companies operating in the EU and party to new or existing supply and distribution agreements should carefully review the new Regulation and guidelines. In particular, the new rules contain certain amendments that offer companies greater flexibility in the application of certain restrictions than the existing rules. Therefore, the continued use of existing form agreements, compatible with previous EU rules, may limit a company`s ability to achieve the desired business objectives. However, in other areas, the revised rules further clarify the types of restrictions that the Commission might consider problematic under EU competition rules. . .

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