After an extensive evaluation of the functioning of the current rules,1 the review of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation2 (‘VBER’) and the Vertical Guidelines3 has entered into its decisive phase.4 In October 2020, the Commission launched the impact assessment preparing the adoption of revised rules, which should enter into force when the current rules expire in May 2022. The Inception Impact Assessment (‘IIA’) published at the beginning of this process5 sets out policy options for a possible revision in areas for which the evidence gathered during the evaluation
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European Commission, DG Competition. Head of unit B1 – Antitrust: Energy & Environment of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition since 1 April 2021; previously Deputy head of unit A1 dealing with antitrust case support and policy.
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