All-Clear?: An Evaluation of the VRBE and Guidelines

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This report provides that the revision of the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption and Guidelines will be a necessary development which would promote aims of the European Commission in promoting market transparency, integration, and efficiency as well as consumer welfare. To an extent, it will also promote judicial certainty in the judgements of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in relation to vertical restraints in online sales. In doing so the report lays out the relevant factual and legal backgrounds. It then carries out an evaluative assessment of the proposed changes in the new draft VRBE and Guidelines. The evaluation is undertaken having regard to the aims of the European Commission and the aspect of judicial certainty in CJEU judgments.