Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation
ORAL QUESTION WITH DEBATE O-0047/10
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Sharon Bowles, on behalf of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
to the Commission
In 2002 the Commission adopted the MVBER (Commission Regulation (EC) No 1400/2002) because it considered that the motor vehicle sector should not be brought within the general vertical agreements block exemption regulation (Commission Regulation (EC) No 2790/1999). It considered indeed that specific provisions were needed to address particular competition problems it had identified in this sector, namely an oligopolistic situation in the European car market.
The MVBER will expire on 31 May 2010. The Commission intends to bring the primary market (i.e. the market for purchase and sale of new vehicles) into the general regime on 1 June 2013, whereas the after sales market will still have a specific regulation.
1. Which results of market analysis led the Commission to conclude that the primary market is currently competitive and the after sales market is still problematic?
2. How does the Commission evaluate the balance of power between car manufacturers and car dealers under the current MVBER and under the proposed legislative framework? Are there players with a simple or collective dominant position?
3. How does the Commission intend to monitor the evolution of market power in the primary and after sales markets? Which measures does the Commission envisage should it appear that the competitive conditions, in particular in the primary market, have significantly worsened?
4. What is the expected impact of the new legislative framework on consumers, in particular as regards prices and conditions offered?
5. Which comments received from stakeholders, particularly during the consultations, does the Commission intend to incorporate in the final legislative framework?
6. Does the Commission agree to consider proposing harmonising legislation in the area of distribution, for instance by amending the Commercial Agency Directive (Council Directive 86/653/EEC), in order to ensure that all dealers benefit from the same high level of contractual protection in every EU Member State?
Deadline for reply: 06.05.2010