24th February 2016

Aspen Institute Prague: State of the Digital Economy in Central and Eastern Europe - study | Czech Republic, Poland: similarities and differences in digital development

The current state of digital economy development in the CEE lies closely behind the EU 28 average in most of the relevant indicators. The promotion of digital economy is moving up the ladder of political priorities in many CEE states, particularly the V4 countries. The focus is mainly on building a robust Internet infrastructure, particularly the NGA-fiber networks, which constitutes a necessary basis for the development of more advanced online business and government services. CEE countries try to advance e-commerce and e-society, as well as promote innovation and new models of economy, (e.g. by means of the support for industry 4.0 and startups). Further adaptation of legal and other administrative conditions will be necessary, the study Digital Heart of Europe: Low pressure or hypertension? State of the Digital Economy in Central and Eastern Europe published by the Aspen Institute Prague says.

Also, Euractiv.cz focuses on similarities and differences of digital development in the Czech Republic and Poland. The Czech Republic seems to perform better in the area of e-commerce. Poland has better results in e-Government and coordination of digital agenda at the national/government level. According to the EU's DESI index (Digital Economy & Society Index), both the Czech Republic and Poland are "low performers" in digital development (CR ranks 17th, Poland 23rd among EU28). Poland's sources of inspiration for digital agenda are the UK and the USA (for e-Government at the national level), and Germany and France (e-Government at the municipal level). The Czechs seek inspiration in Israel, Estonia, or the USA, Euractiv.cz says based on information shared by the Aspen Institute Prague.

Read also an article on a survey related to the state of e-commerce in the Czech Republic published by the Czech News Agency. According to the survey conducted by the NetDirect agency, 46% of respondents considered launching of own e-shop (in the group bellow 44 years of age more than half of respondents thought about opening an e-shop). Five percent of respondents converted the thought into reality. Currently, there are 37,000 e-shops in the country (the largest number among the EU28).

Click also on the article E-shops are driving CE industrial market by Prague Post, saying that the internet shopping may assume greater importance than the automotive industry. Retailers and stores are expanding their offer through e-shops and this is accompanied by further expansion of warehouse space, the article says. 




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