Citizens’ support for Serbia’s accession to the EU seems to be growing

CeSID’s Executive Director, Bojan Klacar presented yesterday, during the NATO summit in Belgrade, the results of a survey of Serbian citizens’ views on cooperation with the West, NATO and the resolution of the Kosovo issue – the research shows growing support among people in Serbia for the country’s accession to the EU.

Klacar said that the survey was conducted from 17 to 26 June, during the elections and the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels, with 1,000 participants over the age of 18.

He underlined that this is the third survey that CeSID carried out for the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies and recalled that the first was carried out in 2018 on the same sample and with the same technique, which is why, he added, the results are comparable.

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“The research differs from the previous one because it also concerns cooperation between countries in the fight against the coronavirus, and in this regard, 64% of Serbian citizens believe that our country should cooperate with other countries and use their help,” Klacar added.

He went on to say that about 16% of citizens believe that aid should come from China and Russia, and others believe that there should be cooperation with the countries in the region in terms of joint response to the coronavirus-induced crisis.

If the referendum on Serbia’s entry into the EU were to take place tomorrow, says Klačar, as many as 51% of citizens would support EU membership. This percentage is higher than in the surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019.

By contrast, 31% of citizens would oppose EU membership.

When it comes to NATO, there is no significant difference compared to the previous survey, because, he adds, only 9% of people would vote for Serbia’s accession to NATO, while 72% would oppose it.

The only exception is the Serbian capital – 14% of Belgrade citizens favour Serbia joining NATO, which is above the national average.

(RTV, 23.07.2020)


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