Once established the cartel reveals its ugly face in the future tendencies. Yes, it is true that the concentrated capital can afford the best laboratories and the best scientists, but the question is: what are the incentives for research and development for implementation of its achievements in the future technologies? For example a well- developed European country offers a surprisingly slow and low quality Internet access on its telecommunications market. At the same time some of the new EU members can be proud of much faster and cheaper Internet access offered to their local customers. It is very difficult to believe that it is a matter of advanced technologies used by the providers of the latter. Much more logical is to think about the incentives of the former. Why spend a substantial amount of money on new technologies if the old ones are still usable and most important –profitable? Well there is a small thing– you have to be sure that none of your competitors will invest in them.
Once there is no competition everyone loses – the consumer, the economy, the society.
What can an individual citizen do?
When a person realizes how difficult to prove a cartel structure is, it can discourage him to get involved in something very difficult and with an unpredictable outcome.
Through TECoL we have the tool we need to be able to detect the possibility of a cartel and fight back.
What can be the predictable results of your (and other people’s) engagement with the TECOL Process?
Of course, the best thing is if it turns out that thanks to your signal, the whole chain of procedures ends up with the discovery and annihilation of a cartel structure.
Even if a cartel is not discovered, the engagement of the civil society in the observed field is creating an additional strong incentive to abide the Competition Law and raising awareness within the professionals in the field.
We hope to convince you that using TECoL is of great importance.