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EU's Reputation Increased In Hungary, Latest Eurobarometer Report Shows

Tamás Székely 2015.02.27.

The European Union is seen favourably by an increasing number of Hungarians and its institutions are trusted above the European average, according to Eurobarometer’s fresh Hungary survey, conducted from November 8 to 17, 2014.

Eurobarometer (source: ec.europa.eu)

Eurobarometer (source: ec.europa.eu)

The proportion of Hungarians expressing a positive view of the EU as a whole went up last year to 40% from 35% compared with the survey conducted in the same month in 2013. Almost the same proportion of Hungarians saw the EU positively as the average across the bloc. In a regional comparison, the EU was seen slightly more favourably only in Poland and Romania.

Concerning confidence in European institutions, 51% of Hungarians said they trusted the European Commission, compared to the EU average of 38%. Fully 52% expressed confidence in the European Parliament, compared with the EU average of 42%. A total of 53% of Hungarians saw the four freedoms – the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital – as the EU’s most important asset. In contrast, only 37% of Hungarians said the freedom to travel, study or work in other EU member states was a personal advantage.

The proportion of Hungarians who said that their opinion or vote matters in the EU rose from 37% to 50%, Tamás Szűcs, the EU Budapest mission head, said. The proportion of those who think that the EU takes Hungary’s interests into account also increased, from 38% to 43%. The proportion of those who identified themselves as “a European, and at the same time a Hungarian” doubled to 60%.

via ec.europa.eu and hungarymatters.hu photo: public domain


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