While most Slovaks identify with their European citizenship, they do not trust the European Union more than the average EU citizen.
Results of the recent Eurobarometer survey have shown that Slovakia keeps up with the European average when it comes to trends. The European Commission noted that the trust in the EU is highest since June 2014, also true for the Slovakia results.
The survey has shown that 44 percent of Slovak citizens trust the EU, slightly less than the EU average at 46 percent, according to the survey results, as cited by the TASR newswire. At the same time, 46 percent of Slovak citizens do not trust the EU.
EU more trusted than national institutions
Much like in the EU average, in Slovakia the trust in the EU is higher than that in the national institutions.
The results show that 27 percent of those polled trust the Slovak national parliament, against 64 percent who said they do not trust it. Meanwhile, the government enjoys the trust of 29 percent, compared to 65 percent who do not trust it, TASR cited the results.
Feeling like EU citizens
Across the EU, 73 percent of those polled say they identify with their EU citizenship. In every single one of the 28 EU member states, more than half of the people said they felt like EU citizens. In Slovakia, the number reaches 80 percent.
At the same time, 77 percent of those polled said they would like to know more about their rights as EU citizens, and 63 percent said they know these rights already.
Threats: Migration mentioned again
Migration is a phenomenon that people in the EU view as a threat. In Slovakia, 35 percent of those polled said they felt threatened by migration, followed by terrorism (20 percent) and the state of public finances (18 percent).
The biggest problems Slovak citizens see as facing their country include increasing prices and living costs (37 percent), health care and social security situation (36 percent) and the national economy (17 percent).
6. Aug 2019 at 14:12 | Compiled by Spectator staff