While the agreement in question may be subject to another EU group exemption, the category exemption does not apply to vertical agreements. Other common class exemptions include category exemption for motor vehicles, category exemption for technology transfer, category exemption for research and development, and category exemption for specialization agreements. With regard to vertical agreements, the main exemption by EU category is the category exemption for vertical agreements, which excludes many vertical agreements from the prohibitions covered in Chapter I and Article 101 (see exemption by category for vertical agreements). EU competition law provides for several category exemptions that exclude certain regimes from the Article 101 ban. These category exemptions also apply to agreements that may be covered by the Chapter I ban. Among the measures that could be covered by these bans on vertical agreements are: horizontal agreements can have negative effects on the prices and quality of products on the market. On the other hand, horizontal cooperation can generate important economic benefits such as risk sharing, cost reduction, knowledge sharing and accelerated innovation exchanges. The current category exemption for vertical agreements expires at the end of May 2022 and is currently under review. The category exemption for EU vertical agreements exempts certain vertical agreements from the prohibitions covered by Chapter I or Article 101. While the category exemption applies to vertical agreements for the agreement in question, there is no need for further consideration of the agreement from a competition perspective. However, if the class exemption is not applicable, the Chapter I or Section 101 agreement needs further review to determine whether the agreement raises anti-competitive concerns.
Vertical chords operate upstream/downstream, while horizontal chords operate at the same level. Horizontal agreements for the exchange of competitively sensitive information may, depending on the circumstances, be considered horizontal anti-competitive agreements and fall under Article 4 of the Competition Act. Whether an agreement is legally binding does not matter in the context of the assessment of competition law; The parties must operate at different levels of the chain only within the meaning of the specific agreement, i.e. the parties can normally be competitors. However, when they act at different levels with respect to the agreement in question (. B for example, a manufacturer that agrees to deliver products made by another producer), it is a vertical agreement. To determine whether a vertical agreement is anti-competitive, several issues need to be addressed. The answers can determine whether the vertical agreement falls under the competition regime of the United Kingdom and the EU and, if so, whether the category exemption applies to vertical agreements: the factors that should be taken into account in the configuration of such agreements are: the horizontal agreement is a cooperation agreement between two or more competing companies operating at the same level in the market.