Digital economy (Photo: HRT) Digital economy (Photo: HRT)

Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark scored the highest DESI ratings and are among the global leaders in digitalization. Behind Croatia are Slovakia, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria.

In the report the EC notes that all EU countries improved their digital performance over the past year. It goes on to say however, that many countries still have a long way to go, and that the EU as a whole needs to improve in order to be able to compete on the global stage.

The DESI is a composite index that summarizes relevant indicators on Europe's digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness. Since 2015 the European Commission has been ranking member states in its DESI report, which is measured in five categories: connectivity, human capital, use of internet services, digital technology integration and digital public service.

Source: HRT