On 4 March Dr. Thomas G. Funke, lawyer and partner at Osborne Clarke LLP, spoke about “The next competition law framework: Which future for the MVBER?” at the CLEPA 2021 Aftermarket Conference.
The European Commission looks at competition and market power. In 2010 it decided that vehicle retailing no longer required special rules. In 2020 it examines whether the aftermarket still requires specific legislation post-2023.
Questions that arise are: ‘Can OE suppliers sell to the aftermarket? Can OE suppliers apply their own logo? What about access to information and warranties? What about new market forces: GAFA, China on the rise? What is the impact of electric, connected and autonomous cars on aftermarket competition?’
Dr. Thomas G. Funke elaborates on the matter in his presentation.