New ruling on car sales.
The latest phase of EU measures opening up the car market means showrooms can set up business wherever they like - even on the traditionally sacrosanct "turf" of their neighbouring dealerships.
Under the old carefully-managed distribution networks, dealers in the same brand were allocated their sales territory - allowing vastly different pricing arrangements for the same model in various EU markets.
The change ending the so-called "location clause" allows dealers to compete more widely, said a Commission statement. It would stimulate price competition.
EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: "This measure stands to further increase competition. I am pleased that many carmakers have already eliminated location clauses from their distribution agreements with dealers."