12 / 09 / 2019
The European Commission (EC) launched on 5 September a stakeholders’ consultation on the EU competition rules on horizontal agreements between companies, operating at the same level of production or distribution in the market. These Regulations would need to comply with EU antitrust rules, but in particular certain Research and Development (R&D) agreements have been exempted under 2 EU Regulations, which will expire in December 2022. This evaluation will now examine whether to elapse, extend or amend them. The online consultation is open until 3 October 2019.
The Commission will summarise the input received in a report explaining how the input will be taken on board and will be published. The public consultation will be launched in the coming months.