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As any other sector, the hospitality industry is subject to EU rules which strive to ensure free competition within the internal market (rules prohibiting agreements which restrict competition, abuses of dominant position and on controlling mergers and concentrations).
The hospitality industry is particularly interested by the provisions of EU competition law dealing with:
"Block exemptions" on vertical agreements such as franchising contracts or beer supply contracts;
Rules on horizontal cooperation agreements;
Rules against abuse of dominant position or concerted practices (e.g. Commission decision prohibiting MasterCard's Multilateral Interchange fees for payment cards).
Key EU measures:
Main HOTREC documents:
Payment cards - Europe's Payment Users call for a fair, competitive and transparent payment system 19 November 2013
The European Payment Users Alliance call on EU decision makers to treat the package of proposed payment legislation as a priority and to amend it to ensure further transparency and competiton.Download
HOTREC reply to the Commission's Green paper on card, internet and mobile payments 10/04/2012Download Draft regulation on vertical restraints - HOTREC reply to the consultation 20 September 2009
HOTREC considers that Regulation 2790/1999 and its related guidelines on vertical restraints have delivered an optimal performance for the hospitality industry and should not be fundamentally altered.Download
European Commission ruling in relation to MasterCard Multilateral Interchange Fee – a milestone achievement! 19 December 2007Download Statement by Dr. Michael Raffling, Special Legal advisor to HOTREC concerning case COMP/34.579 MasterCard 15 November 2006
HOTREC welcomes the findings of the European Commission report of April 2006 on payment cards and requests full transparency of the different components of the merchant service charges and of the cost of payment cards for consumers.Download