As of September 5, 2019, the Commission is inviting comments on the roadmap for the evaluation of the horizontal block exemption regulations on research and development agreements and specialization agreements (the “Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations”). In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Commission intends to launch a public consultation with a view to determining whether to extend or update the Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations and the Guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements or let them expire on December 31, 2022. The roadmap is open for comments for four weeks, meaning that stakeholders may provide comments on the roadmap until October 3, 2019.
 Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1217/2010 of 14 December 2010 on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to certain categories of research and development agreements, OJ L 335/36 (“Regulation 1217/2010”).
 Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1218/2010 of 14 December 2010 on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to certain categories of specialisation agreements, OJ L 335/43 (“Regulation 1218/2010”).
 Regulation 1217/2010, Article 9; Regulation 1218/2010, Article 7.