Greece stays well behind Europe on digital economy

Greece stays well behind Europe on digital economy

Greece remains one of Europe's worst performers in switching to a digital economy, data showed on Friday.

The Digital Economy and Society Index-DESI for 2018 published by the European Commission, showed that Greece came in 27th place, unchanged from last year, out of a total of 28 countries.

Romania took last place, while Denmark topped the list followed by Sweden and Finland.

Cyprus, Ireland and Spain progressed the most over the last four years, while the lowest increase in digital performance was recorded in Greece.

"Overall, in recent years, Greece has not made much progress relative to other member states. It progressed slightly slower than the EU average over the last year," the commission said in a statement. "In connectivity, the transition to fast broadband connections is slower than in other EU Member States," it said.

On the positive side, 4G coverage has increased in Greece and is now close to the EU average. Greeks are active users of internet services, and company use of social media is in line with the EU average, added the commission.

"But the integration of more sophisticated digital technologies remains low, though the use of eInvoices has progressed to some extent. Greece’s performance in digital public services and digital skills remains low and can act as a brake on the further development of the digital economy and society," it said.