The European Commission is monitoring the digital competitiveness of the Member States through the Digital Economy and Society (DESI) reports from 2015. The DESI country reports combine quantitative data from the five-dimensional indicators of the DESI index:
- Human capital
- Use of Internet services
- Embedding digital technology
- Digital public services
According to the DESI 2019 report (https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/document.cfm?doc_id=59891), published by the European Commission on 11 June 2019, Greece ranks 26th in all 28 EU Member States, marking a rise of two (2) positions compared to 2018, holding the 28th position.
In 2019, Greece made slightly more progress than the EU average. The improvement of its score is due to improved performance in some of the measured dimensions of the DESI index. Greece has marginally improved its human capital performance, while the biggest progress compared to last year has been in the digital public services, where the increase was 7.4 units.
The Department of Innovation and Best Practices of the Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction is responsible at national level for strengthening the human capital dimension within the coordinating role of the National Coalition for Digital Skills and for the digital public services dimension within the framework of the national and European benchmarking process for e-Government.
In particular, the report reflects significant initiatives taken by the Department of Innovation and Best Practices of the Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction:
For Dimension Human Capital:
- Establishment of the National Coalition for Digital Skills in June 2018,
- Promotion of the European Commission’s “Digital Opportunity Traineeship” pilot project, increasing the interest of companies in applying to enhance digital jobs,
- The preparation of the Digital Skills for Digital Greece National Plan, which sets out the governance scheme, the priority axes, the specific objectives and reinforces the coordination of the implementation of 79 actions with an estimated 250,000 beneficiaries,
- The Department’s action within EU Code Week with the participation of 108 children (52% of girls) from 21 schools from all over the country,
- The implementation of the “Code my City” pilot project, which started in September 2018 and was completed in March 2019, as part of the policy developed by the Unit of Innovation for the transformation of classrooms into learning labs and the enhancement of digital skills of teachers and pupils.
For the Dimension Digital Public Services:
The Innovation and Best Practices Department works closely with the European Commission and more than 30 national bodies to evaluate indicators that are taken into account in the shaping of the DESI dimension. In particular, the 2019 report includes data gathered and verified in 2018 at national level before being sent to the EU, improving the accuracy of the data sent.
As a follow-up to the aforementioned cooperation, the Unit of Innovation supported the agencies on the improvement of specific e-Government indicators as a result of the national evaluation process conducted by its executives from November 2018 to May 2019.
Participants were informed of these findings through a special workshop organized and implemented by the Unit of Innovation in May 2019. The Unit of Innovation plans to submit assessment and improvement reports with relevant contributions per organization.
For this work, there was recognition of the Unit of Innovation by the EU as the third best performance at European level.