[NEWS] Italy and Greece with the greatest improvement

During the Covid-19 pandemic, EU countries were effective in the field of digitization. However, they still struggle with digital skills shortages, the digital transformation of SMEs and the construction of advanced 5G networks.

Most Member States are making progress in the digital transformation, according to the report, but for enterprises, the implementation of key digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technology remains low. Efforts should be intensified to ensure the full implementation of the ICT infrastructure (in particular 5G networks), which is essential to support technologically advanced services and applications. Digital skills are another important area that requires more progress from the Member States.

Od początku pandemii włożyliśmy dużo wysiłku we wspieranie państw członkowskich w transformacji, czy to za pomocą planów odbudowy i zwiększania odporności, budżetu UE czy rozpoczętego ostatnio usystematyzowanego dialogu na temat edukacji cyfrowej i umiejętności cyfrowych. Dlaczego? Bo musimy jak najlepiej wykorzystać inwestycje i reformy konieczne do zrealizowania do 2030 roku celów cyfrowej dekady.

As digital tools are slowly becoming an integral part of everyday life and social participation, people who do not have the appropriate digital skills are at risk of exclusion. Only 54 percent. Europeans aged 16–74 have at least basic digital skills. According to one of the EU targets, it should be at least 80%.

Moreover, despite the fact that between 2020 and 2021, 500 thousand people entered the labor market. information and communication technology (ICT) specialists, the total number of 9 million EU ICT specialists is far from the assumed 20 million by 2030 and is not able to solve the problem of the shortage of qualified staff currently facing enterprises.