EU countries both outperform and lag behind in the I-DESI digital economy comparison report, recently released. In basic Internet User Skills, the EU-27 outperform their global counterparts, while in Advanced Skills Development the EU’s performance is more mixed. EU Member States had on average 4.3 percent of graduates in ICT in 2018, while the average for non-EU countries was 4.0 percent. The EU-27 Member States’ average score of employees in telecommunications for 2018, however, was surpassed by Australia, Serbia, and the USA. At the same time, the European Digital Strategy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility and other related initiatives are expected to help EU-27 Member States become more competitive with non-EU countries.
The International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) measures the digital economy performance of EU27 Member States and the EU as a whole in comparison with 18 other countries around the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
For more information, find the full report on the Commission’s website.