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PRESS RELEASE - Future EU framework for the automotive distribution and repair : CECRA has been contacted by the contractor chosen by the European Commission as the sole representative of European dealers and repairers to help in the renewal process of the Automotive Block Exemption 461/2010.
 
Brussels, 4th March 2020
 
The legal basis for competition in the automotive sector within the EU, the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation 330/2010 and the sector specific Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010, are expiring on 31 May 2022 and 31 May 2023 respectively, and are currently being reviewed by the European Commission.
 
CECRA, which is already actively participating in that process, was invited by the team responsible within the European Commission (DG COMP) to take part to the fact-finding study and the public consultation planned for Q3/2020.
 

 
CECRA, with the aim to provide precise facts and figures, has prepared and sent to its members a survey on the contractual relation between manufacturers and dealers regarding the 330/2010 Regulation and will soon present the results to the DG COMP.
 
In the meantime, the DG COMP has commissioned an external study as part of the evaluation process and has appointed Ernst & Young Services as an independent contractor to undertake a fact-finding study focusing on the performance of the sector specific Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010. The purpose of the study is to provide to the European Commission (EC) a historical analysis of automotive market trends in 12 national markets from 2007 to 2017 in 4 vehicle categories: passenger cars, LCV, trucks, buses.
The E&Y final Evaluation Report, completed by August 2020, will provide the European Commission with market analyses and data collected.
 
CECRA has been contacted by E&Y as the sole representative of European dealers and repairers  to help in the renewal process of the Automotive Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010.

With the aim of strengthening our contribution to the renewal process and to E&Y, CECRA has helped E&Y to draft survey regarding the 461/2010 Regulation and advised all its members to recommend dealers and repairers to take part to this survey as it is crucial to give relevant information to the contractor.
In a short period of time, CECRA succeeded in mobilizing about 200 companies in several European countries capable and willing to answer the survey in order to make sure that the voice of dealers and repairers is considered in the new legislative framework regarding competition and the consumer welfare.
For more information, please contact Bernard Lycke, Director General - T:+32 2 771 96 56 
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