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Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2021 and Ε(U) Leaders

What is DESI?

Since 2014, the European Commission has monitored Member States’ progress on digital and published annual Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) reports.

Those reports include EU countries’ characteristics and results. DESI records the progress made in EU Member States in terms of digital competitiveness in the areas of human capital, broadband connectivity, the incorporation of digital technologies by businesses and digital public services. By this way Member States are helped identifying areas of priority action, and thematic chapters as far as their digital competitiveness is concerned.

DESI 2021 – Greece

In the following figure, you can see the rank of each European Country, according to DESI 2021.

Digital Economy and Society 2021

Digital Economy and Society greeceAs you may see Greece (EL) ranks 25th of 27 EU Member States in the 2021 edition of the Digital Economy and Society .

However, as you can see in the next figure, our country is constantly on the rise in the last years. In the next figure you notice that Greece continues to improve its performance in almost all DESI dimensions although in most cases Greece still scores below the EU average.

The Greek score is 37,3 ranking in the 25th place, while EU score is 50,7. The difference is really high.

General DESI results for Greece

Let’s see some results that need to be mention, regardind Greece according to DESI:

  • Regarding digital skills, the country made slight progress.
  • The proportion of employed female ICT specialists has been rising rapidly, as a share of all ICT specialists employed in Greece.
  • Regarding connectivity and high capacity networks, Greece improved its scores although it still remains far below the EU average in very high capacity networks coverage and in fixed broadband take up of speeds of at least 100Mbps.
  • On the integration of digital technologies into business activities, Greece is well below the EU average.
  • On the digitalisation of public services, in 2020 Greece scores above the EU average in the number of e-government users.
  • Greece far exceeds the EU average in open data readiness, having already implemented relevant legislation and policies.

Generally, we should highlight the fact that there is a considerable effort to accelerate the country’s digital transformation, including several legislative reforms and projects.

What is the case regarding Integration of digital technology?

In the following figure we will see some results from Greece compared to E.U, as far as Integration of digital technology, is concerned.

DESI GREECE 2021 ΕU 2021
SMEs with at least a basic level of digital intensity % SMEs Α/Α Α/Α
Electronic information sharing % enterprises 38% 36%
Social media % enterprises 19% 23%
Big data % enterprises 13% 14%
Cloud % enterprises A/A 2020 26%
Artificial Ιntelligence % enterprises 34% 25%
ICT for environmental sustainability

% Enterprises having medium/high intensity of green action through ICT

65% 66%
e-Invoices % enterprises A/A 32%
SMEs selling online % enterprises A/A 17%
e-Commerce turnover % SME turnover A/A 12%
Cross-border electronic sales % enterprises 4% 8%

Let’s see some results worth mentioned, according to DESI, for Greece:

  • Greece ranks 22nd in the EU, regarding integrating digital technology into business activities.
  • Only 19% using social media compared to an EU average of 23%, which means that Digital technologies are slowly being adopted by Greek enterprises.
  • 38% of enterprises use electronic information sharing (above the EU average of 36%).
  • Greece’s enterprises are among the frontrunners for the use of AI (34%), well above the EU average (25%).
  • On ICT for environmental sustainability, at 65%, Greece is close to the EU average of 66%.
  • Considering big data analytics, Greece is close with 13%, to the EU average of 14%.

Learn more about Digital Economy and Society Index 2021, Greece here!

E(U) Leaders – Greece

As Employment in digital era, demands many new competencies from leaders, the need of a new category of leaders is undeniable. E-leaders!

EU Leaders is an Erasmus+ KA2 project aiming to foster the competitiveness and productivity of businesses and organizations, through the development of strategic e-leadership skills necessary for entrepreneurs/ employers/ leaders/ managers (as well as VET trainers, educators, and mentors) to manage their teams effectively and efficiently within virtual working environments.

How much we need E (U) – Leaders in Greece?

According to DESI, Greece ranks low. Greece ranks 21st of 27 EU countries, remaining below the EU average concerning the Human capital. Following you will see the DESI scores for Greece and EU.

HUMAN CAPITAL Greece EU
rank: 21 SCORE SCORE
DESI 2021 41,0 47,1

 

Let’s see in detail DESI in Greece in comparison to DESI in E.U., in order to understand how important Ε(U) – Leaders project is for our country.

 

greece
DESI 2021

EU
DESI 2021

At least basic digital skills % individuals

51%

56%

Above basic digital skills % individuals

23%

31%

At least basic software skills % individuals

56%

58%

ICT specialists % individuals in employment aged 15-74

2,0%

4,3%

Enterprises providing ICT training  % enterprises

12%

20%

ICT graduates % graduates

3,4%

3,9%

In the above panel, we notice several differences with EU, however, Greece is trying to rise its scores year by year. All the above indicate the need of  EU Leaders  project, as its main objective are :

  • Create an e-leadership model by mapping strategic e-leadership skills, competencies and approaches organizations communicate within virtual working environments.
  • Identify common high-tech leadership skillsʼ needs within virtual working environments, both at personal and strategic / organizational levels.
  • Identify effective web-based tools and approaches in managing virtual working environments and teams successfully.
  • Develop and assess e-leadersʼ strategic e-leadership skills through web-based teaching and learning approaches.
  • Create a certification framework which will define both the e-leaders curriculum and the skills assessment process.

During EU Leaders’ implementation, the following project results will be created:

  1. Guidebook of inclusion best practices on suitable digital working environments.
  2. e-Leadership Model adopted within tech-based and non-tech-based organisations.
  3. e-Leaders High-tech Course.
  4. e-learning platform for Leaders.
  5. Certification framework for the e-leadership skills.

 

Learn more about EU Leaders here!

Stay tuned for more!

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