The Digital Scoreboard measures progress of the European digital economy and includes the Digital Economy and Society Index and the Europe's Digital Progress Report.

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.

Europe's Digital Progress Report provides an overview of the progress made by Member States in digitisation. It also details the policy responses by Member States to address the specific challenges that face them. Consult our reports repository for more reports.

Domains of expertise


The European Commission strives to improve connectivity through better access and faster Internet. The reports and analysis of broadband markets provide information on the development of broadband infrastructure, its quality and prices. The analysis takes into consideration both the demand and the supply side of fixed and mobile broadband. The availability and take-up of basic and high-speed next-generation (NGA) fixed broadband, the availability of radio spectrum and the take-up of mobile broadband are some of the other factors that have been taken into account.

Human Capital

Digital skills are essential in participating in and taking advantage of the digital society. The reports and analysis on human capital examines skills ranging from basic digital literacy to advanced digital skills like programming. Furthermore both supply of and demand for ICT professionals, as well as number of science and technology graduates are being studied.

Use of Internet

The reports and analysis on internet use and online activities of the EU citizens examine consumption of online content (videos, music, games, etc.), online communication activities, video on demand services, online shopping and banking among others.

Integration of Digital Technology

The reports and analysis on digitisation of businesses and on use of online sell channels monitors electronic information sharing, RFID, use of social media, eInvoices, and cloud solutions, as well as eCommerce turnover and online sell cross-border.

Digital Public Services

The reports and analysis on the digitisation of public services focusses on eGovernment. The reports analyse the number of internet users who sent completed forms online, reuse of data held by public administration, level of completeness of eGovernment services, and governments' commitment to open data publication.

Research and Development

The reports and analysis on Reseach and Development in ICT monitors public R&D expenditure, public R&D ICT spending, European Commission funding to Horizon 2020 ICT projects as well as on Horizon 2020 ICT projects.It also analyzes their co financing rate, number of participations and average EC funding per participation.


DG CONNECT applies transparency policy and promotes re-use of the relevant documents, reports and datasets (EC Decision 2011/833/EU). Therefore the final reports from the procured studies are made public. The inventory of the completed studies is accessible either from website or from the EU bookshop. Check the most recent reports.

Indicators and data

European Commission services selected around hundred indicators that illustrate key dimensions of the European information society. These indicators allow a comparison of progress across countries as well as over time. You can query and visualise data using The Visualisation Tools (here you can also download selected information in CSV-XLS). You can also download the whole database in CSV, TSV, HTML and RDF-N3/Turtle.

Digital Scoreboard 2016: Strengthening the European Digital Economy and Society

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DG Connect


Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

Last update: 
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017