Revised EU Rules on the Cooperation Between Competitors

May 27, 2010
The European Commission recently published a draft regulatory package relating to permitted forms of cooperation between competitors. The draft package includes regulations that “block exempt” certain types of agreements below certain market share thresholds as well as revised Horizontal Guidelines, which outline how the Commission will assess cooperation agreements that fall outside the scope of “block exemptions.” This update examines the draft package and provides practical tips on navigating the “block exemptions” and the revised Horizontal Guidelines.