Eurobarometer: Romanians, most optimistic for EU future


The economic situation remains one of the main concerns.

For the first time since the beginning of the financial crisis seven years ago, more Europeans think the economic situation will improve in the next 12 months and almost three out of four people do not expect a negative trend, according to the Standard Eurobarometer survey, europa.eu informs. And for the first time in years, the percentage of Europeans who believe that the impact of the crisis on the job market has reached its peak is larger than that of those who think that the worst is still to come. The latest Eurobarometer survey shows that this time it was different with positive developments in several areas.
Romanians are among the most optimistic Europeans for the future of the EU, a recent Eurobarometer reveals. A total of 75 percent of the Romanian respondents in the survey were optimistic about the future of the EU, while only 48 percent of French felt the same. Similarly to Romanians, Lithuanians too are optimistic for the EU future.
The economic situation remains one of the main concerns in Romania, where 26 percent of the respondents mentioned it. This was however among the lowest rates of concern in the EU, where other Europeans are more concerned about the economic situation: 54 percent in Cyprus, 52 percent in Spain, 49 percent in the Netherlands. Romania shared the 26 percent result with Poland, and was close to the Czech Republic – 28 percent.
Most Romanians are happy with their standard of living – 62 percent, similar to Portugal, Croatia, Italy, and Slovakia. These are however among the lowest satisfaction ratios in the EU when it comes to standard of living.
Support for the Euro is on the rise. And whilst Lithuania is getting ready to adopt Europe’s single currency, the EC officials see a 10 percentage point increase (since last autumn) in the number of Lithuanians who say they are in favour of the euro. EC also see similar trends across Europe: + 10 percentage points in Latvia and Cyprus; + 5 percentage points in Portugal and Greece.
Finally, people are more optimistic about the future of the EU. Since last November, there has been a rise of five percentage points in those saying they are optimistic while the number of those saying they are pessimistic has fallen by five percentage points. More than half of the people now have an optimistic outlook whilst only two out of five do not entirely share this sentiment.
The voice counts
After the European Elections, the number of citizens who feel their voice counts in the EU has risen from 29 percent in November 2013 to 42 percent. This is the highest level since this question was first put into the Standard Eurobarometer a decade ago. In addition, 65 percent of Europeans feel like an EU citizen, up from 59 percent in the last Autumn Eurobarometer.
Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration said: “We have been through challenging times but Europe is now turning the corner. Joint efforts at European level to set Europe on the path of economic recovery are starting to pay off. Not only are the economic indicators improving but so too is the attitude of citizens towards the economic situation. And, of course, the many debates around the European Elections – not least the Citizens’ Dialogues and the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process – have brought Europe closer to its citizens.”

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