Overview Overview

Digital economy and society

The statistics in this section track the production and usage of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). ICT have been key main drivers of change in society and business for several decades. More specifically, statistics on the digital economy and society monitor 2 aspects:

  • production of digital technologies
  • uptake and usage of digital technologies by businesses and individuals

The impact of the digital technologies has been assessed in the linked micro-moments database and is also reflected, to a certain extent, in the data on digital skills.

Completing the Digital Single Market (DSM) is one of the European Commission's 10 political priorities. The DSM strategy has 3 main strands:

  • access
  • environment
  • economy and society

The main data requirements to monitor European policies related to production, usage and impact of ICT are set out in the Monitoring Framework, which is endorsed by the Digital Agenda High Level Group.

Data collection

We produce ICT indicators using primary and secondary data sources.

Primary statistics are collected through 2 annual Community surveys on ICT usage in households, by individuals and in enterprises, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 808/2004. Under this Regulation, the information requested in the surveys can be adjusted to meet the evolving needs of users and decision makers. This is done through annual implementing measures.

Secondary statistics include indicators on the ICT sector and digital skills and are based on several Eurostat sources: Structural Business Statistics, National Accounts, Research and Development, Statistics and Labour Force Survey.