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Eurobarometer results

Every sixth citizen of the EU feels Europeans and wants to learn more about their rights, has shown in the latest Eurobarometer survey. But at the same time, less than half of EU citizens (46%) were also aware of their rights.The free movement of people, good and services within the EU (56%) and peace amongst the Member States of the EU (53%) continue to be seen as by far the most positive results of the EU. Both items are mentioned by more than half the respondents and have actually increased since autumn 2012.
Trust levels in political institutions continue to decrease, though there is still more trust in the European Union than in national institutions. After a 2-point decrease, trust in the European Union has fallen back to the spring 2012 level (EB77). It is still higher than the levels recorded for national governments (25%, -2) and parliaments (26%, -2), which are also facing a slight decrease. More than two-thirds of Europeans say that their voice does not count in the EU (67%),
This opinion is most widespread in Greece (89%) and Cyprus (89%), but is also very common in Portugal (81%),in Italy (78%) and in Spain (77%). These five countries in the south of the EU are joined by the Czech Republic (81%) and Estonia (77%). In three countries majorities of the population consider that their voice does count in the
EU: Denmark (56%), Croatia (48% vs. 45%) and Malta (45% vs. 43%). While more than two-thirds of Europeans consider that their voice does not count in the EU, the exact same proportion agrees that the EU’s voice counts in the world (67%, vs. 27% who disagree with this statement). The image of the EU is stable. A 39% of Europeans have a neutral image of the EU
30% positive, 29% negative. The trend in question of the future of the European Union shows that close to half of Europeans are optimistic (49%), whereas 46% are pessimistic. These results are almost unchanged since autumn 2012 (50% optimistic, vs. 45% pessimistic). In 19 countries, majorities of respondents say that they are optimistic about the future of
the EU
, led by Denmark (72%), Estonia (64%), Lithuania (64%), Malta (63%) and Poland (63%). At the other end of the scale, majorities are pessimistic in nine countries,
in particular in Portugal (67%), Cyprus (69%) and Greece (69%).
Only 26% of Europeans consider that the situation of their national economy is ‘very’ or ‘rather’ good. Perceptions of the current situation of the national economy vary widely between EU Member States. In Sweden, Germany and Luxembourg, three-quarters or more of respondents continue to consider that the economic situation of their country is good, whereas there are now six Member States in which less than 5% of respondents agree: Greece and Spain have been joined by Slovenia, Portugal, Bulgaria and Cyprus. In four other Member States, less than 10% of respondents agree: Romania, Ireland, Italy and France. The gap between countries where the national economic situation is seen in a positive light and those where it is not is widening.
Unemployment continues is the first issue concerning Europeans at national level. Three other economic issues follow: the economic situation (33%), rising prices (20%), and government debt (15%). As for immigration concern has risen a 2-point rise to 10%.More than two-thirds of Europeans think that it is important “to support an economy that
uses less natural resources and emits less greenhouse gas” (73%), “to help the EU’s industrial base to be more competitive by promoting entrepreneurship and developing
new skills” (70%) and “to enhance the quality and appeal of the EU’s higher education system” (69%). The hierarchy of the actors best placed to take effective action against the effects of the
economic and financial crisis is unchanged since autumn 2012:despite a 1-point decrease, the EU is still seen as the best placed actor.
European citizens continue to consider that the European Union is going “in the right direction” to emerge from the crisis and face the new world challenges (42%, +1 percentage point since autumn 2012). Conversely, three Europeans in ten think that the EU is going in the wrong direction (30%, -2). The feeling that the EU is going in the right direction continues to be much more
widespread outside the euro area (50% vs. 26%) than inside it (37% vs. 32%).
Slovenia has detected more pessimistic than the EU average: 46% of UK pessimistic about the future of the EU and 49% optimistic. 64% of respondents believe that in the next year the economic situation in the country worsened (according to total 34% of respondents in the EU), 39% of respondents expected a deterioration of the entire EU (32% in the EU). Pessimism about the impact of the crisis on employment in the EU is gradually disappearing, in Slovenia, 73% of respondents believe that the most serious crisis yet to come. In Cyprus 83% and in France and Greece 68% .49% of Slovenians worry about unemployment, 56% of the poor economic situation. 93% do not trust to the national parliament and 87% do not trust the Slovenian government.
Sources: http://ec.europa.eu/slovenija/

http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb/eb79/eb79_first_en.pdf

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