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)
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