Horizontal Round Table

The European Commission recently launched the highly anticipated Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations and the Horizontal Guidelines. This new regulatory framework contains a host of innovations, including in the spheres of purchasing agreements, information exchange and sustainability, ultimately shaping the business landscape for the next decade.

Understanding the intricate nuances of these new rules will be of great importance for your practice or business. With this objective in mind, we organize an in-depth Round Table Conference, designed to provide comprehensive insights into the novelties that the new regulatory framework brings:

The session will take place on November 23rd (09:00-18:00 CET) in English and will comprise of a comprehensive study of the new regulatory framework, featuring expert guest speakers.

The number of participants for this session will be limited to ensure an interactive environment, enabling meaningful discussions in a 'Round Table' format.

Date: 23/11/2023 (9AM - 6PM)

Location: Park-Inn Hotel by Radisson Brussels Airport (Grensstraat 3, 1831 Diegem)


9:00-9:30: Arrival of participants and breakfast

9:30-10:30: Introduction (general introduction by Faros + key notes by Paolo Tomassi (European Commission))

10:30-11:15: Purchasing agreements

11:15-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-13:00: Information exchange

13:00-13:45: Lunch

13:45-14:45: R&D and Specialisation agreements

14:45-15:15: Commercialisation agreements and mobile infrastructure sharing agreements

15:15-15:45: Standardisation agreements + standard terms

15:45-16:00: Coffee break

16:00-17:15: Sustainability agreements (explanation by Faros + key notes by Mariska van de Sanden (Autoriteit Consument & Markt))

17:15-18:00: Questions & Conclusion


  • Frank Wijckmans (Faros)
  • Emmelie Wijckmans (Faros)
  • Maaike Visser (Faros)
  • Karolien Francken (Faros)
  • Annemie Van de Vliet (Faros)
  • Mariska van de Sanden (Senior Enforcement Official at Autoriteit Consument & Markt)
  • Paolo Tomassi (Policy Officer at European Commission)

Participation fee:

€ 700, excl. VAT (This fee includes a morning coffee break, lunch and an afternoon coffee break)

Practical information:

Documentation: Upon registration you will receive a publication 'Horizontal Toolbook for Practitioners'. This book contains the new legal texts, with handy indications of key words in bold, as well as a Q&A that facilitates the application of the new rules in practice. This book has a market value of € 50.

Parking: It is possible to park for free in the car park of the Park Inn hotel. You should enter the following address in your GPS to reach the car park: Culliganlaan 1, 1831 Diegem. Normally the car park barrier will be open. In that case you can simply drive in. If the barrier is closed, you will need to take a ticket. This ticket must be validated at reception when you leave. You don't need to pay the parking ticket. In the car park, please only use the spaces with a 'Park Inn' sign (please note: this sign hangs high above the car park).

OVB/IBJ credits: We have applied for credits from the OVB/IBJ for this event.