In March 2017, the European Commission published the results of the DESI (Digital Economy and Society Index) annual report, which analyses the state of development of digital infrastructure and the introduction of digital services to companies and citizens.
This publication brings us good news, as all the members of the European Union have improved on the five indicators:
Indicates how widespread and fast the infrastructure is, as well as taking into account their cost
Human Capital/Digital Skills
Parameter that measures the digital capabilities of the population and workers
Use of Internet
Indicates what tasks citizens perform in a digital environment: such as banking, news, shopping etc.
Integration of Digital Technology
Indicates how businesses integrate digital technologies in their activities e-invoices, cloud services, e-commerce etc.
Digital Public Services
Analyse the introduction of digital technologies in public administration, such as e-government and e-health
The graph below shows the result of the report for the member countries, as well as the average of the EU.
While the countries in northern Europe (Denmark, Finland & Sweden) are highly digitalized, countries as Romania, Bulgaria and Greece still have a significantly lower level than the average.
These indicators denote the need to continue working on an equal development of the European Union, promoting programs to prevent the formation of a digital gap.
Nonetheless, it is expected that 2017 will continue this improvement, establishing the European Union as a preferred region for the development of the digital economy, generating a better quality of life for citizens through the digitalization of the society.
Antonio Varilla, Consultant manager, Leyton Spain