RPM Conference

On 12 September 2008, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority hosted an International Conference on Resale Price Maintenance, an one day conference in Vienna bringing together practitioners from regulatory authorities and private practice as well as academics.

In the light of recent developments in the US and the forthcoming revision of the EC Block Exemption on Vertical Agreements, the conference offered a great opportunity to exchange views and to learn about the developments in Europe and the US. National enforcers explained the (economic) rationale behind national cases. Practitioners and academics analysed possible loopholes as well as alternatives and summed up their experience. This leads to a better understanding whether there is a need for change in attitude towards RPM.

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