‘Fair practices’ by digital tech suppliers shouldn’t stop when the contract is signed

The role of digital technologies in the operations of all kinds of organisations can no longer be ignored. And while these services provide important economic and social benefits, the negative side of supplier behaviour cannot be ignored by the authorities, including the European Commission.


Beltug, as well as its sister organisations Cigref (France), CIO Platform (Netherlands) and Voice (Germany), have been encouraging the European Commission to not only consider competition between suppliers, but to look into supplier behaviours after the choice of supplier/solution has been made and the contracts signed.


Two recent Consultations to which we have responded include Digital Services Act and the need for a new competition tool.


Challenges to digital growth from supplier behaviour

In our responses to these consultations, we address several issues that will hamper the digital economic growth of Europe if they are not solved now. Some of the situations facing our members include:


Beltug, and our sister associations, call on the European Commission to act in the same way towards suppliers who abuse their power in the customer relationships, as it would against a monopoly. This is vital for ensuring that the benefits of digital technology will be felt not only by the companies themselves, but by the economies overall.

You can read the letter sent by Beltug, Cigref, CIO Platform and Voice on the needs for a new competition tool here.