EC Evaluation of the VBER – Euclid Law’s response to the Public Consultation

As part of its ongoing assessment of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER), the European Commission launched a public consultation questionnaire, which closed on 26 March 2021, to obtain specific feedback on various policy options. 

Euclid Law responded to the consultation, agreeing with the Commission’s overall evaluation that the VBER and Guidelines remain useful and relevant, but also agreeing that they need to be updated to take account of market and case law developments since 2010. 

To support the questionnaire response, Euclid Law prepared a separate paper focused on some of the specific points addressed by the Commission, which you can find here.

Competition Law Solutions for the Planet: EU competition policy should foster sustainability initiatives, not hinder them

by Oliver Bretz & Daniele Pinto

On September 23 world leaders from politics and business, as well as a famous teenage activist from Sweden, gathered in New York for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Their message was stark: the world is running out of time, urgent action to limit climate change is needed.

The thrust of that message is that “business as usual” is not a viable method of solving the crisis, and a rapid push toward sustainable development is required. Such a push will require greater cooperation between companies, which in turn raises the question whether EU competition law is fit for this purpose.

To read the full article, please follow the link.

Retail MFNS and Online Platforms under EU Competition Law: a Practical Primer by Sarah Long

As part of the September 2019 issue of Competition Policy International (CPI)’s Antitrust Chronicle, Sarah Long’s article explores retail MFNs in the context of online platforms and specifically the challenges faced by competition authorities in assessing the potential anti-competitive nature of such agreements.

An uncertainty exists, felt most keenly by businesses, as to the perceived absence of clear legal framework, and the lack of co-ordination between competition authorities in their approach to this issue. This article aims to provide a practical framework for the assessment of retail MFNs in the context of online platforms under EU competition law.

To learn more about retail MFNs in the context of online platforms, the application of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) to retail MFNs and assessing retail MFNs under Article 101 TFEU and Article 102 TFEU, please follow the link to download the article.

“CMA Policy: UK Competition Authority Asserts itself in Anticipation of Brexit” comments by Sarah Long

Sarah Long was asked to comment on The Capital Forum’s Vol. 7 No. 300 story published on 15 August 2019 entitled “CMA Policy: UK Competition Authority Asserts Itself in Anticipation of Brexit”.In anticipation of the UK’s imminent exit from the EU, the CMA has adopted an aggressive approach in a bid to secure a better outcome for UK consumers. […] The CMA “will now have an element of freedom to look at mergers in a different way,” said Sarah Long, a partner at Euclid Law in London, adding that the CMA could ultimately move away from the European Commission’s approach in some key respects.

To read the full article, click here.

Gender, competition policy and the GUDP (Grossly Undervalued Domestic Product)

Sarah Long spoke at the 4th Chillin’ Competition Conference on 20 November 2018 on Gender, competition policy and the concept of the GUDP (Grossly Undervalued Domestic Product) – you can read an opinion piece based on her speech here: Gender and Competition Policy – reducing the GUDP (Grossly Undervalued Domestic Product)