1. In the context of the public consultation launched on 23 October 2020 by the European Commission (hereinafter, the "Commission"), the Association of Lawyers Practicing Competition Law (hereinafter, the "APDC") presents the following observations regarding the Commission's inception impact assessment (hereafter, the “IIA”) on the revision of the European competition rules applicable to vertical agreements, namely Regulation no. 330/2010 of 20 April 2010 on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (hereinafter, the "TFEU") to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices (hereinafter, the "Regulation") and the European Commission Guidelines on vertical restraints published in O. J. of 19 May 2010 (hereinafter, the "Guidelines") (the "Impact Assessment").
2. First, the APDC welcomes the Commission's in-depth analysis carried out on the implementation of the Regulation and the Guidelines and its active listening of participants throughout the evaluation phase and its detailed conclusions in the Staff Working Document published on September 8th, 2020.