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April 18, 2021

Romanians recycle selectively less than EU average

Most Romanians – 91 percent – believe environment protection is important for them personally, and 60 percent of them think air pollution is the most important of such problems, according to a recent Eurobarometer. Over three quarters of Romanians – or 82 percent of them – believe they can play a role in protecting the environment and that environment issues have a direct impact on their daily lives. Around half of Romanians think they are rather well informed about environment issues, and 43 percent believe harsher penalties, including fines should be introduced for those who break environment laws and pollute. Across the EU, 95 percent of the respondents said environment protection was important for them personally. Responses in Romania follow quite closely the EU averages in perception of environmental issues, with one major difference in selective recycling: while 72 percent of Europeans said they have recycled selectively in the past month, only 33 percent of Romanians say so. While on average 33 percent of Europeans believe one of the solutions could be ensuring higher financial incentives, such as tax breaks and subsidies to industry, business and citizens, only 21percent of Romanian respondents feel the same way.

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