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 agains abuse of dominant position or concerted practices (e.g. EC decision prohibiting MasterCard's Multilateral Interchange fees for payment card).
- 19 November 2013
/ Payment cards - Europe's Payment Users call for a fair, competitive and transparent payment system
- 10 April 2012
/ HOTREC reply to the Commission's Green paper on card, internet and mobile payments
- 20 September 2009
/ Draft regulation on vertical restraints - HOTREC reply to the consultation
- 19 December 2007
/ European Commission ruling in relation to MasterCard Multilateral Interchange Fee - a milestone achievement!