82.5% of people in the Western Balkans support the accession of their respective countries to the European Union, and in Serbia, the number of supporters of EU membership stands at 64.1%.
This is the result of a survey conducted by the Advisory Group for Public Policy in Europe.
Nearly 40% of the survey participants in the region view positively the role of the European Union in political reforms, while the same percentage supports the role of official Brussels in the process of economic reforms in the countries of the region.
The number of those surveyed who see the EU as playing a negative role is almost twice as low, i.e. 22.8% think that the role of the EU in political reforms is negative or predominantly negative and 21.4% consider the role of Brussels in reforms of the economy to be negative.
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However, the survey shows that not a small percentage of respondents are dissatisfied with their country’s progress in the European integration process.
According to the results, 17.6% of respondents in Serbia and 17.7% of respondents in Montenegro, which are listed as leaders in the European integration process, believe that the main reason for dissatisfaction with the Union is the slow accession process.
On the other hand, 11.7% of respondents in Serbia and 9.4% of respondents in North Macedonia complain about the EU constantly adding to the demands and have expressed concern “that the EU does not want us”.
When asked whether EU membership will happen in the next five, ten, twenty years or never, the highest percentage – 32.7% – of Serbs believe that Serbia will never join. In Bosnia, 28.1% of respondents think so, 25.7% in North Macedonia and one fifth, or 20.9% in Albania.
On this issue, citizens of Montenegro and Kosovo, 52 and 48% respectively, believe that their country will join the European Union in the next five years.
The research was conducted in October this year on a sample of at least 1,000 respondents over the age of 18 in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo.
The survey was conducted over the phone and online.
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