Back to the 2018 spring a standard Eurobarometer survey (EC 89) was carried out to find out the opinions about the EU. 33.130 respondents of EU Member States participated in the survey.
The results of the survey showed that trust in the European Union is the largest since the autumn 2010. Most of respondents trust the EU in the 12 Member States. The largest trust in EU is in Lithuania (66%), Portugal and Denmark (57%) and Luxembourg and Bulgaria (56%). However, since 2017 trust in the EU has decreased in six countries, in particular in Belgium (47%, -6), Hungary (44%, -5) and Slovakia (44%, -4).
It is important to note trust in the EU remains higher than trust in National Governments or Parliaments. 42 % of Europeans trust in EU while 34% of Europeans trust their National Parliaments and Governments
Furthermore, most Europeans (58 %) are optimistic about the future of the EU. Thus, the EU’s future is appreciated in all Member States, with two exceptions, Greece and the United Kingdom (48% and 43% respectively). The most optimistic people regarding the EU future live in Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Malta, Lithuania and Denmark. For more info, please check here.
But what about other countries? How to raise their trust in the EU?
Opinion poll conducted by European Movement in Serbia and the Faculty of Political Sciences in 2018 shows that citizens of Serbia who trust in democracy, think positively about EU membership.
European Union, judging by the attitudes, mostly symbolizes economic stability and prosperity (26 percent of the respondents), liberty and human rights (20%), multiculturalism and togetherness (12%) while negative values are the first association for 11 percent of them.
In Lithuania, citizens trust the EU, but the prevailing opinion is that schools talk about the EU too little or too superficial. Most of the information young people obtain from the media – which may be misleading.
That’s why this autumn a declaration on interinstitutional cooperation in education and training in the European Union was signed. According to the signatories, EU schools should talk not only through civic education lessons – European themes for education should be integrated horizontally and eventually reflected in the tasks of History, Geography and other subjects in examinations. It should be noted that institutions involved in EU policy-making should work more closely with schools, initiate discussions with students.Appropriate attention should also be paid to improving teachers’ skills and raising qualifications, and to develop attractive and easily accessible methodological materials.
To sum up, it should be said that young persons should be educated as responsible citizens of the EU. The citizenship of EU cannot be taken for granted. Only when having a clear perception of the EU’s meaning, young people will be able to enjoy EU benefits.