40 percent of Europeans do not use Internet

More than half of the European Union citizens (250 million) are now regular Internet users, 80 percent of them have broadband connections and 60 percent of public services in the EU are fully available online.

40 percent of Europeans do not use Internet
More than half of the European Union citizens (250 million) are now regular Internet users, 80 percent of them have broadband connections and 60 percent of public services in the EU are fully available online, KUNA reported.

However, 40 percent of Europeans do not use the Internet at all, according to the European Commission's ICT Progress Report published here Friday. This ranges from 69 percent (Romania), 65 percent (Bulgaria) and 62 percent (Greece), to 13 percent (Denmark, The Netherlands).

To encourage the use of new online technologies, the EC will publish a Guide to EU Users' Digital Rights and Obligations later in 2008.

In 2007, the Internet attracted nearly 40 million new regular users in the EU.
More than 96 percent of European schools are now connected to the Internet; two thirds of them to broadband, up from almost zero in 2001.

"It is especially good news that 77 percent of EU businesses, 67 percent of schools and 48 percent of physicians are now benefiting from fast broadband connections. However, some parts of the EU are still lagging behind and are not fully connected. All EU countries must therefore work harder to close the gaps, to enhance cross-border communication services as well as services that also reach rural and remote regions," said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, in press statements.
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