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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

EU makes progress on Block Exemption

Date: Friday 08 July 2022

The European Commission has officially announced its intent to prolong Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulations (MVBER) for another 5 years, until the 31 May 2028.

A public consultation on the draft proposal is open until the 30 of September 2022. In parallel, the European Commission is also launching a call for evidence (available here), closing on the 30 September as well. Both the public consultation and the call for evidence are “open” exercises, with no pre-defined questions.

The UK version of MVBER expires in May 2023. The CMA’s review, which will begin shortly, will assess whether the retained MVBER meets its intended purpose and takes account of specific features of the UK economy serving the interests of UK businesses and consumers, as well as considering the impact of recent developments in technology and industry business models.

The CMA’s review will also include assessing the European Commission guidelines that accompany the existing MVBER, namely the supplementary guidelines on vertical restraints in agreements for the sale and repair of motor vehicles and for the distribution of spare parts for motor vehicles (Supplementary Guidelines).