Τhe European Commission has released on Tuesday the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index, which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness, a release posted on the commission’s website reads.
Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with the EU Digital Single Market Strategy and combined them with adapted investment achieved a better performance in a relatively short period of time. This is one of the main conclusions of this year’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). However, the fact that the largest EU economies are not digital frontrunners indicates that the speed of digital transformation must accelerate, in order for the EU to stay competitive at world level.
Digital Economy and Society Index figures over the last 5 years show that targeted investment and robust digital policies can have a significant impact on the performance of individual countries. For example, this is the case for Spain, in the deployment of ultrafast broadband, Cyprus in broadband connectivity, Ireland for digitizing businesses and Latvia and Lithuania in digital public services.
Connectivity has improved, but remains insufficient to address fast-growing needs.
More than one third of Europeans in the active labour force do not have basic digital skills, even though most jobs require at least basic digital skills, and only 31% possess advanced internet user skills.
Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg and Estonia are the leaders in this dimension of the index.