EU competition rules

EBMA’s full compliance with the EU competition rules and antitrust regulations

EBMA’s purpose is to collect information and to conceive, coordinate and promote opinions that are of general interest to the European bicycle industry, in conformity with applicable laws, including antitrust legislation. This includes collecting and disseminating information on bicycle imports into the EU which threaten the viability of EU bicycle producers – and hence employment in the EU – and acting with the European governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament and other stakeholders with respect to the bicycle industry in general as well as the imports into the EU and the circumvention by third parties of anti-dumping measures in particular. The association can cooperate with other not for profit associations, organizations and government agencies on issues of general interest related to the bicycle industry. Any other not for profit activities in line with applicable antitrust legislation that may help the viability of the bicycle and bicycle parts industry and the employment in the EU can be taken into consideration.

Discussions on the following topics are permitted during EBMA meetings:

• Trade Defense Instruments: the legitimate defense of our EU 1200 Sustainable SMEs and 180.000 Green jobs;

• EU Bicycle, E-bikes and Components Workers’ and social topics related to International Trade;

• Legal issues updates on Trade Defense Instruments;

• Customs law and duty suspension issues;

• Environment & EU COM’s Green Deal: to cut emissions by encouraging local manufacturing and re-shoring of our Industry; 

• Statistical information available on Eurostat and from exporting Countries; and/or

• Any other subject that is not in violation of the EU competition rules.

Discussion on the following topics is not permitted during EBMA meetings:

• Agreements to fix price or any element of price; restrict output or set production volumes; allocate customers or sales territories; refuse to deal with another firm; favor one product, standard or technology over another, and/or use or not use certain marketing practices.

• Pricing strategy;

• Competitive strategy;

• Customer-specific information;

• Future tenders, pitches or business opportunities;

• Profits or profit margins;

• Market shares;

• Sales territories;

• Capacities, production levels, or product inventories;

• Costs of manufacturing/production or providing services; and/or

• Any other non-public, competitively sensitive information.