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EU Commission: Digital Europe, steps forward. Northern countries going well; Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy going bad

(Brussels) – “The number of citizens, companies and public services following the digital path is growing. However, too many of them are still facing problems such as digital divide, online cross-border services of the public administration, and difficulties in buying or selling through borders”. Those words were spoken by Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the EU Commission, in charge of the Digital Single Market, while presenting the results of the 2016 round of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). “We must solve these problems. It is the objective of the Strategy for the Digital Single Market, whose first proposals – went on the Commissioner – will promote electronic commerce and connectivity”. The Strategy of the Commission for the Digital Single Market was published last year. From that time, member countries have made steps forward in sectors such as connectivity and digital skills, in the same was as in public services. However, the results published point out slowdown in the rhythm of progress. DESI confirms that Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Finland “are still on top of the list”. At the bottom: Romania (the last in Europe), Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy.

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