Slovakia lagging behind EU in digitalisation

Slovakia came 22nd in this year’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) published yearly by the European Commission. [Shutterstock / GaudiLab]

Slovakia came 22nd in this year’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) published yearly by the European Commission, meaning its ranking did not change compared with 2020, EURACTIV Slovakia reported.

The Commission concluded that Slovakia made only limited progress in digitalisation. The country profile also says that public investments did “not always bring desired improvement”,

With DESI, the Commission is assessing the progress in digitalisation among member states. Four categories are considered – human capital, internet connectivity, integration of digital technologies and digital public services. Slovakia is the closest to the EU average in internet connectivity, especially in the number of people connected to broadband internet and internet prices.

However, Slovakia needs to improve in other areas.

“There continues to be a need for enterprises to utilise the potential of big data, AI and electronic information sharing systems. Average performance in e-commerce is a missed opportunity. The digitalisation of education is below its potential, as schools, teachers, and pupils lack skills and tools,” the Commission summarises.

Digitalisation of public service is also posing problems. Although Slovakia is rolling out new digital technologies in the administration, “more can be done to improve their quality and interoperability”. According to the Commission, people would benefit from increased availability, efficiency, and user-friendly digital public services.

The Commission has concluded that the difference between the European average and Slovakia’s DESI score is increasing.

(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)

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