European Commission: Greece among EU’s laggards in adopting digital economy

Greece ranked third lowest among the EU28 countries for its performance in the digital economy and society, based on the European Union’s 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) published by the European Commission on Friday.

The index revealed a continuing large gap between the more technologically advanced countries and those with lower performance. The three top performers in the EU – Denmark, Finland, Sweden – are also “global champions” having surpassed South Korea, Japan and the United States.

The countries that made the greatest progress in the past year were Slovakia and Slovenia, while Poland, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania continued to lag behind.

The index measures a variety of factors, including connectivity, human capital/ digital skills, use of the internet by citizens, integration of digital technology by businesses and digital public services.

Greece is making slower progress with regard to the penetration of fast broadband connections and digital skills are relatively low but Greeks are active users of social media and online content, including online banking services. Integration of digital technology in businesses in proceeding slowly, however, with companies reluctant to adopt new technologies such as the cloud or RFID, while there is an increase in SMEs making electronic sales domestically but not abroad. The country has made some progress in providing online public services but not as fast as in other European countries.