Response to the European Commission’s consultation on the current regime for the assessment of horizontal cooperation agreements » adressée à la Commission

The APDC is an association of French lawyers whose main practice areas are French and European Competition law. The aim of the APDC is to encourage the positive development of Competition law by advocating clear and transparent rules that respect fundamental legal principles. In pursuit of this, the APDC welcomes the opportunity to participate in the current consultation.

For ease of reference and clarity this submission tackles each of the three new legal instruments separately which are presented in the following order:

Part I: The Draft Guidelines page 2

Part II: The Research and Development Block Exemption Regulation page 16

Part III : The Specialisation Block Exemption regulation page 20