Being in EU makes me feel closer to other Europeans and in few months I will be a part of Erasmus+ programme, which will bring me even closer. However, I do feel that newer member states of EU don’t feel European enough and that many of us don’t really understand the benefits of being a part of it, which is a shame. I hope that in the future there will be more information about it that is easy to encounter. Political culture and lack of interest in politics will certainly still be a problem for a full integration in the European Union, but I hope that with the years passing by Croats will benefit from being in the Union and that they will be more aware of similar values that all Europeans have.
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We are living in a world that we’re taking for granted. The same is with the EU. We sometimes think of it as an institution so far away from us that we don’t think we can actually benefit from it. But we can. EU offers a lot, but you need to be aware of all the things that are maybe not so good. And the thing is, you can position yourself as a citizen that knows what he/she wants and what he/she doesn’t want and choose the aspects that you like.
The main thing is only that you don’t take EU for granted. Be a proactive EU citizen aware of surrounding we’re living and if you don’t like something be ready to take the matter in your own hands. Be the change if needed. Feel EU, think EU, believe EU, criticize EU and change EU. Only than we can fully benefit of being EU citizens.
Croatia has a great opportunity to participate in different projects that EU offers. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the citizens recognised the potential of them.
On the other hand, Croatian citizens experience the freedom of movement and working in other countries of the EU, which is one of the benefits of the EU for Croatia.
I have contradictive opinion about the EU. On the one hand, I like an idea of opened borders and free movement within the zone. Moreover, it gives a great opportunity for all EU citizens to get the best European education through different programmes such as Erasmus+.
On the other hand, there is a hierarchy of EU countries from more to less economically developed countries. More developed countries have more power and political pressure than other states. These leader-states make main decisions about EU international relations and affairs based on their needs and interests. Despite economic integrity, new EU countries have met new issue as an emigration of population, mostly of young people. In my opinion, all EU countries should be economically equal, otherwise less developed countries always will play a role of labour donors for more prosperous countries such as Germany and France.
This young generation has forgot what we have achieved for EU. They take it or granted. We need to think about that when we discuss and criticize the EU without putting the ideas for change.
I mainly support Europe, the idea of European Union. I tended to take it for granted because Italy was always a member state. I was born and I grew up in European Union.
Still, I think it’s not enough to be born in Italy or any other member state because that’s we can see that people aren’t feeling European. There are lots of problems with European Union, it’s not perfect, but it can be improved in many ways under many aspects, such as social, economic, cultural etc. But still I think it’s extremely important to support it and to maintain it and especially to find a way to include young people. That’s the one thing that affect me the most and that needs to be improved.
But still, yay Europe! ? ?? ? ❤
At the end of 2018, I think that the best example of the EU’s development is the recent UK exit and that Norway and Sweden have never joined. So I do not see anything good here for someone who is already powerful. For us, the small ones, there are more advantages than disadvantages, I am referring to Serbia, but I do not know whether it is a solution to the problem of the society in which we live, which I think has been “mentally ill” for over 30 years. I do not know if the loans and coverage that the EU would bring would represent an even greater shudder or help the economy and society as a whole. I know that it is certainly good for regulating the law in terms of reducing bribery and corruption.
These are some of the major reasons why I support the entry of our country into the European Union – corruption, crime, health and media freedom, which is especially important to me as I am finishing journalism studies. Generally, I think we will never be accepted to the European Union, unrelated to the issue of recognition of Kosovo. I think that’s clear and obvious.
It was the first time for me to be part of an Erasmus programme. It tells me so much and I’m really happy for participating. This Erasmus programme has helped me to reshape my opinion about European Union and about Balkan countries and I will participate in more of this programmes because I really see them as valuable.