Slovakia is more digitally competitive

Slovakia has been advancing significantly in most areas apart from internet connections and the integration of digital technologies.

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Slovakia has climbed two places in the latest EU ranking of digital development and competitiveness. It placed 20th in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) with an overall score of 0.46 (on a scale where 1 is the maximum), the TASR newswire reported.

As for the digital public services, the country placed 23rd, up four notches compared to last year. Slovakia also improved its use of open data between individual countries, moving up from 15th place to 9th. Moreover, Slovaks are very active in the use of video-calls, holding 5th place in the EU, as well as in online shopping in which they placed 10th.

“Relevant steps and subsequent targeted investments in the informatisation development of society have borne results and progress,” said Deputy PM for Investments and Informatisation Peter Pellegrini (Smer), as quoted by TASR. “Nonetheless, we must continue even more intensively in our work.”

As much as 78 percent of Slovaks use the internet, with 55 percent having at least basic digital skills. However, Slovak companies are too slow to adopt digital technologies in order to boost their productivity and sales.

“Although we’ve been advancing rapidly in the digitisation of public services, the public sector must step on it to bring us among Europe’s top countries,” said Pellegrini, as quoted by TASR.

Slovakia has been advancing significantly in most areas apart from internet connections and the integration of digital technologies, according to the European Commission. Meanwhile, it praised Slovakia for its notable expansion of mobile broadband connections and improvements in digital public services, describing it along with Slovenia as the most progressive country in this respect, TASR wrote.

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