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Ten years of the vertical block exemption regulation in CEE

The updated EU Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (the VBER) and the associated Vertical Guidelines (the VGL) are due to be published soon, just before their current counterparts expire at the end of May 2022. 

While the new rules will be adopted by the EU Commission, much of their day-to-day enforcement will remain decentralised, allocated to EU member states’ national competition authorities. Below is a brief review of the key enforcement actions by CEE competition authorities (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) in relation to vertical agreements over the past ten years and the expected trends after the new regime enters into force on 1 June 2022.