The sophistication of e-government in Ireland has increased marginally since the end of 2002, but other EU countries are narrowing what was once a wide gap. That’s according to an annual report from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y) for the European Commission Information Society Directorate-General, which placed Ireland second in Europe in terms of on-line public service sophistication. Though the Republic still ranks quite high in comparison to competitor nations, many countries that once trailed Ireland by a wide margin have made impressive gains over the past year.
The report also revealed that services for business tend to be in a more advanced state than citizen-centric services. However, taking the measure of Europe’s progress on services fully available on-line, the picture is rather pessimistic. The EC will want to encourage member states to enhance the number of public services fully available on-line, particularly those aimed at citizens, says the report. Source: www.enn.ie/news.html?code=9388686