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IP/02/380

Brussels, 11 March 2002

Commission publishes its draft of a new regulation for the motor vehicle sector, invites comments from all concerned

Today the European Commission published its plans for a new regime for motor vehicle distribution, servicing and repair, and invited comments from all interested parties, including the general public. The draft regulation heralds a much more pro-competitive and pro-Single Market future for the sector, and an all round better deal for the European consumer.

"This gives European citizens their first chance to make known their views on the text", Competition Commissioner Mario Monti explained. "We will also pay particular attention to representations from other interested parties, such as carmakers, dealers, spare parts suppliers, and independent repairers".

The draft regulation, which the Commission adopted on 5 February this year, is intended to come into force on 1 October, when the current "Block Exemption" regulation 1475/95 expires. The text of the draft new regulation is available on the Commission's website, at http://ec.europa.eu/competition/car_sector/, together with an explanatory note. It will also be published in the EC's Official Journal, number C 67 on 16 March 2002.

Comments on the draft regulation should be sent to the Commission not later than one month after the date of publication in the Official Journal. Once this period has elapsed, the Commission will consider all of the comments received, along with the views of Member States, and of the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee. It will then submit the proposal, with any amendments, to the Member States, for a second consultation. The Commission should adopt the definitive text of the Regulation during summer 2002.

Comments on the draft should be sent to the following address:

European Commission,

Directorate-General for Competition,

Directorate F, Unit F2 - Motor vehicles and other means of transport

B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel.

Comments may also be sent by e-mail to: comp-draft-car-ber@ec.europa.eu


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