The European Commission has launched this week the public consultation on the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No 461/2010). The purpose of the consultation is to assess whether and to what extent the objectives of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER) are fulfilled.

Motor vehicle distribution and after-sales agreements are currently subject to Commission Regulation (EU) No 461/2010 (MVBER).

The objective of this consultation is to “collect in-depth and high quality facts and evidence on the key competition issues arising in vertical relationships on the motor vehicle distribution and after-sales markets from the perspective of stakeholders”. MVBER mandates the Commission to draw up an evaluation report on its operation by 31 May 2021, in view of its expiry on 31 May 2023.

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) will respond to the consultation outlining UK dealers’ position as well as under the Alliance of European Car Dealers and Repairers (AECDR)*.

Previously, AECDR and NFDA contributed to the European Commission’s consultation aimed at evaluating the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive, commented, “NFDA has regularly engaged and held a number of meetings with European counterparts and European Commission Officials. Following the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation consultation earlier this year, over the coming months we will formulate the sector’s response to the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation consultation to outline franchised dealers’ position. We will keep our members updated”.

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*AECDR was established in 2019 to promote the interests of European car dealers and repairers at European level. In addition to NFDA, the following associations are part of the alliance: ZDK Germany, AKL Finland, Bilbranchen Denmark, MRF Sweden, NBF Norway, SACR Czech Republic, Traxio Belgium, Faconauto Spain, Federauto Italy, Car Dealer Union Poland, the Confederation of Transport Enterprises in Sweden as well as the following dealer councils: EBDA BMW, EVCDA Volvo, FEAC Mercedes Benz.

For further information about AECDR, please visit: https://www.aecdr.eu/

The questionnaire is available via the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/2008-Evaluation-of-the-Motor-Vehicle-Block-Exemption-Regulation/public-consultation

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) is the trade association representing franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK. The automotive retail sector is one of the pillars of the UK economy, it has a turnover of around £200 billion and employs 590,000 people. There are about 4,500 automotive franchised retailer outlets in the UK.

NFDA is the voice of automotive retailers.

Gabriele Severini, NFDA Communications Manager

Tel: 0207 307 3423

Mob: 07880 039 897

Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422

Web: www.nfda-uk.co.uk Email: gabriele.severini@rmif.co.uk