49% of сitizens strongly support Serbian Membership to the EU

24. July 2017. | Belgrade

49% of сitizens strongly support Serbian Membership to the EU

If the referendum were to be held tomorrow with question "Do you support Serbian membership in the EU?", 49% of the Serbian citizens would be in favor, 27% would be against, 13% would not vote, and 11% would not know what to answer. These are the results of the last public opinion poll called "European Orientation of Serbian Citizens" which was conducted by Ministry of European Integration in June 2017. The poll was carried out in compliance with the Eurobarometer standard, and 1,064 respondents older than 18 took part in it.

Support for the reforms, as in previous years, is high. 66% of the examinees are of the opinion that the reforms necessary for the EU accession of our country should be implemented even if they had not been a precondition for Serbian membership in the EU, but merely for the wellbeing of the citizens themselves, or to achieve a better regulated Serbian state.

Public health system reform (16%), fight against corruption (15%), judiciary reform (15%), agricultural reform (11%) and public education reform (11%) citizens consider as the most important reforms which have the main influence on their everyday life. After this reforms the next are better consumer protection (9%), as well as protection of environment (7%) and the protection of human rights (7%).

Majority of the citizens, 59%, was of the opinion that the problems between Belgrade and Pristina should be resolved, regardless of whether the EU demanded it. More than a half of the examinees support the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the continuation of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and its readiness to come to viable solutions through cooperation and dialogue.

For the majority of the citizens interviewed, Serbian EU membership was still representing more opportunities for employment (17 percent), road towards the better future for young people (16%), an opportunity for freer movement within the EU borders (14 percent), as well as the chance to improve situation in the country (12%).

As regards the development assistance (grants) to Serbia since 2000 to date, 23 percent of the respondents has recognized that the EU has been the largest aid donor to our country in the last 16 years, 22 percent believe that it is Russia, 21 percent of the population opted for China, while Japan is in the fourth place with 11 percent. According to the official data, in the period 2000-2015, the European Union and its member states have been the biggest Serbian donors with grants worth more than 2.7 billion of Euros, owing to which they have significantly contributed to Serbian development.

Opinion poll can be downloaded here.

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Četvorominutna animacija koja na popularan način predstavlja složen proces pregovora za članstvo u EU.