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Half of Serbians support EU membership, government says

August 23, 2019

The Serbian government press office said on Friday that more than half of the country’s population support accession to the European Union.

A press release said that the latest poll showed that 53 percent of Serbians would vote to join the EU, 25 percent would vote against membership, 10 percent would not vote and 12 percent do not know how they would vote in a possible referendum on EU membership. The poll was conducted in July by the Ministry for European Integration.  

Just over half the polled (51 percent) feel that EU membership would be beneficial for Serbia (43 percent said beneficial and eight percent said very beneficial).  

It showed that 59 percent of the polled believe that problems between Belgrade and Pristina should be resolved regardless of whether the EU demands it. A total of 68 percent of the polled feel that the reforms needed to join the EU should be implemented for the benefit of the population with 20 percent saying that the fight against corruption is the most important reform, 16 percent saying that the reform of the health system tops the list while 13 percent said better protection of human rights.  

Twenty three percent said that the EU is Serbia’s biggest provider of grants, 22 said it was China, 20 percent said Russia and nine percent said Japan.  

Every third Serbian knows of some project financed by the EU with 17 percent saying they were environmental protection programs and 13 percent citing health projects.  

European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic is quoted as saying that the poll showed stable support for European integration since the results are almost identical to the results of polls conducted in June and December 2018.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a510001/Half-of-Serbians-support-EU-membership-government-says.html

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