Central European tech sector needs help to scale up

Friday, June 2, 2017

Significance

Tallinn is keen to showcase its success in developing its digital capabilities in both the public and private sectors. Estonia is one of a cluster of nine EU tech-sector high-performers, but is an outlier among Central-Eastern European (CEE) economies.

Impacts

  • Other CEE countries would profit from official policies as effective as Estonia's Digital Agenda 2020, adopted in 2014.
  • However, Estonia may need a new impetus, having made no progress in its DESI ranking, unchanged in 2017 from 2016.
  • The growth of the tech sector in those CEE states that are EU members will impact on the rest of the region.
  • There are plans to create a 'digital community' with states of the Eastern Partnership.
  • Companies based in Romania, Bulgaria and Poland are increasingly hiring graduates with tech skills from Moldova and Ukraine.
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