Europe

Author:G. Arévalo Nieto/E. Fernández Vicente/J.A. Messía de la Cerda Ballesteros/J.A. Rubio Blanco
Pages:21-122
 
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2.- Europe
We describe here our key findings concerning assessment of e-government, e-
participation and data protection with respect to the 25 EU countries. The data
comes mainly from UN reports, with some improvements coming from
Eurostat databases, as explained above.
2.1. e-Government and e-Participation
Assessment
Web Measure Index
In order to analyze the web presence of the EU 25 countries we have
gone through their websites, and assessed the five parameters explained above.
Nevertheless, and due to the difficulty in obtaining a final scoring for them,
based on the different administrative systems, we decided to conduct the
quantitative analysis based on the data supplied by the UN e-Government
Readiness Report 2004.
If we go through these figures we can observe the following EU 25
ranking:
Rank Country WM
Index
1United Kingdom 0.973
2Denmark 0.934
3Finland 0.807
4Germany 0.795
5Sweden 0.772
6Belgium 0.772
7Malta 0.737
8Netherlands 0.718
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9Estonia 0.699
10 Austria 0.699
11 Ireland 0.656
12 Poland 0.579
13 Italy 0.552
14 Czech Republic 0.548
15 France 0.541
16 Hungary 0.537
17 Slovenia 0.514
18 Slovakia 0.490
19 Lithuania 0.432
20 Luxembourg 0.429
21 Greece 0.409
22 Portugal 0.394
23 Spain 0.390
24 Latvia 0.390
25 Cyprus 0.236
The top-ten EU countries that we can find are the ones with values
almost over 0.700. This group is headed by the UK, and is mainly made up of
Northern and Central European countries. The presence in this group of two
new member states, Malta and Estonia, must be highlighted.
A second group of eleven countries is the one formed by those with
values within the 0.698-0.400 band. This group consists of six new member
states, three southern Mediterranean countries. Also there are Ireland and
Luxembourg.
The third group is formed by the four EU 25 countries with values
below 0.400. Here we can find two southern-European countries, Spain and
Portugal, and two new member states, Latvia and Cyprus.
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Telecommunications Infrastructure Index
Using the methodology already described, and concentrating only on
European data, we have built the following ranked table for the European
countries:
Rank Country TV
Index
PC
Index
Tel.
lines
Index
Portable
Tels
Index
On
Line
Index
Internet
Access
Index
TCI
Index
1 Sweden
0.64 0.97 0.88 0.80 1.00 1.00 0.915
2 Denmark
1.00 1.00 0.84 0.72 0.78 0.80 0.855
3 Netherlands
0.59 0.71 0.69 0.55 0.77 0.92 0.732
4 Luxembourg 0.68 0.88 1.00 1.00 0.31 0.62 0.730

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