Many of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 remain attached to the European idea, not just because of the financial aid for development, but also of political persuasion. However, the economic crisis has further diminished confidence, show an AFP analysis which made a brief stop at some of the new Member States. The analysis was carried out on the occasion of forthcoming Croatia to the European Union on July 1 .
Nearly three quarters of Romanians (74%) say that the Romanian State’s EU membership is a positive fact, according to a survey in May. The percentage of Romanians pleased with membership in the EU has increased by four percentage points from the previous survey in the summer of 2012. appreciates that the Romanians can travel more easily, but also changes in areas such as the judiciary and the fight against corruption.
Poles are convinced the euro-enthusiasts, the show TOLD AFP. According to an opinion poll in April, approximately 73% of them support the European idea. Moreover, Poland is the largest beneficiary of cohesion funds: 67.3 billion euros over the period 2007-2013, led to the construction or upgrading of over 10,000 miles of road and 1,600 kilometres of track.Important regional role of Poland has been recently confirmed by the visits of the Chinese and Japanese Prime Ministers, who met in Warsaw with other leaders from Central Europe.
Only 30-40% of Czechs say they have confidence in the EU, a figure that has declined steadily after 2010, when 50% of the population have confidence in the Union. Czech President Vaclav Klaus (2003-2013), known for his Euroscepticism, did not hesitate to say that the European Union give the Nobel Peace Prize is a “tragic error”.
Slovaks are among the most fervent supporters of the EU. According to the latest opinion poll, conducted in February, 71 percent of those questioned feel of European citizens, and 72% of the country’s economy an estimated he had earned thanks to the free movement of citizens within the EU.
And the Lithuanians appreciates the freedom of movement in Europe. Young people who leave to study abroad are very numerous. In 2010, over 7,000 Lithuanians studied abroad.
As of 2010, Hungarian citizens optimism towards membership in the EU has decreased. Almost 76% in 2011, the EU’s popularity began to decline in 2011 under the influence of conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s rhetoric, which make Europe responsible for many of the problems of the Hungarian State, AFP notes. However, according to the latest survey from March 2013, 63% of Hungarians said they are pleased with the fact that Hungary is part of the EU.
Slovenia, which is in a recession that could take until 2015, I had to launch an austerity plan recently under the aegis of the EU to stabilize public finances, threatened by the crisis of the banking sector. The difficult economic situation has shaken the confidence of Slovenes in the EU.If a referendum on joining the EU would take place in the present, only 44 percent of Slovenes would say “Yes”, while 43 percent would be against. The referendum in 2004, at 89.6 per cent of the voters declared themselves in favour of accession.