A German view of the evaluation of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation*

The digitization and the role of competition law in the digital economy currently is the almost all-defining topic in competition law. The discussion about the Digital Markets Act1 (‘DMA’) and similar proposals and initiatives at Member State level are on everyone's lips even though the number of addressees of these norms ultimately will be small. Unlike the DMA, the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (‘VBER’)2 is a legal framework with a much broader scope and a far more immediate relevance for a significant part of the European economy and market participants.

The current VBER will

Contributor Notes

The authors thank Wanja Leo Guenther for his help with the research and completion of this article.

Hengeler Mueller.

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