Romania, EU: Romanians’ perception on local and European economy has decreased by 9 percent since spring passed

The Romanians’ positive perception of the local and European economy has decreased since the spring of this year, the latest Eurobarometer showed.

A total of 51% of Romanians have a positive perception of the current situation of the European economy, down 9 percentage points since the spring of 2017, the fall Eurobarometer revealed. Besides Romania, positive perceptions of the situation of the European economy have also lost ground in Hungary, Denmark and Bulgaria.

Similarly, the positive perception of the situation of the national economy is at 22% in Romania, down 7 percentage points since spring 2017. A decrease was registered in the United Kingdom and Luxembourg as well.

When it comes to the most important issues facing the country, Romanians list rising prices/inflation/cost of living (30%), the economic situation (29%), and health and social security (25%).  As far as the most important issues facing the EU are concerned, they list terrorism (41%), immigration (36%), and the economic situation and crime (13% each).

At the same time, 51% of Romanians trust the European Union, down 6 percentage points since the spring of this year, while 47% maintain a positive image of the European Union, down 4 percentage points since this spring. Furthermore, 44% of Romanians think their voice counts in the EU, on par with the EU 28 average, and 66% declare themselves optimistic about the future of the EU.

 

 

Source: Eurobarometer December 2017 report.

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