• EU Commission’s Draft Guidelines and Block Exemption Regulation on the Assessment of Co-operation and Specialisation in Production Provide Welcome Clarification and Guidance
  • May 20, 2010 | Authors: Kiran S. Desai; Lisa Lernborg; Margarita Peristeraki
  • Law Firms: Mayer Brown International LLP - Brussels Office ; Mayer Brown International LLP - London Office ; Mayer Brown International LLP - Brussels Office
  • On 4 May 2010, the European Commission published for consultation a number of documents dealing with the assessment of co-operation between competitors (“horizontal co-operation”) under EU competition rules. These included revised guidelines on the assessment of horizontal co-operation in general (the “Guidelines”) and two specific “block exemption” regulations in the areas of research and development (“R&D”) and of specialisation in production (“Specialisation”) respectively. Existing exemptions in these areas will expire at the end of this year. The Commission is now inviting comments with a view to finalising its proposals in good time for adoption prior to the expiry of the current texts.