Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2021

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The outcome of the 2021 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) was published by the European Commission on 12 November 2021.

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The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on digital performance in the European Union (EU) and tracks the evolution of EU Member States in digital competitiveness, across five main dimensions: Connectivity, Human Capital, Use of Internet, Integration of Digital Technology, Digital Public Services.

The DESI 2021 reports present data from the first or second quarter of 2020 for the most part, providing some insight into key developments in the digital economy and society during the first year of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. All EU Member States made progress in the area of digitalisation, but the overall picture across Member States is mixed, and despite some convergence, the gap between the EU's frontrunners and those with the lowest DESI scores remains large. Despite these improvements, all Member States need to make concerted efforts to meet the 2030 targets as set out in Europe's Digital Decade.

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