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Automotive Block Exemption Regulation

Since the 1st June 2010, new rules for competition in the automotive sector are in application. Following the review of the former Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MV-BER) N° 1400/2010, the European Commission has now enacted a new Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying sector-specific Guidelines specifically for the automotive aftermarket.

These new legal texts are the MV-BER N° 461/2010 and the Sector-Specific Accompanying Guidelines N° 2010/C 138/05).  They contain rules, notably on access to technical information for all independent operators, the freedom to source and supply spare parts, and the prevention of misuse of vehicle manufacturers’ warranty terms and related consumers rights.

In 2019, the European Commission has launched its review of the MV-BER to assess its relevance, its coherence and its EU added value. Depending on the its final evaluation, expected in May 2021, the European Commission will or will not consider prolongating the MV-BER after its expiry date, currently in 2023.

 

The Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation has a large impact on businesses. Discover explanatory documents in various languages here.

Find FIGIEFA’s contribution to the consultation on the roadmap for the evaluation of the MV-BER here.