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Romanians believe in EU and Schengen accession


Romanians are optimistic about the future of the European Union as well as about their country's Schengen Area entry bid, reveals a poll conducted by IRES pollsters.

'Six years since Romania's official entry to the European Union, the Romanians remain optimistic about the future of the European Union and they think the country is ready to join Schengen Area. (...) Three quarters (74 percent) of the Romanians say it is a good thing Romania is a EU member (up by 4 percent from Aug. 2012) and 65 percent of the polled - a 5 percent rise from 2012 - believe Romania benefits from being a EU member', the poll conclusions show.

According to the survey, half the respondents have a positive and pretty positive image of the EU, one in four Romanians (26 pct) has a negative and rather negative image of the EU and a fifth (21 pct) have a neutral image. Over 60 percent of the Romanians are very and pretty optimistic as to the future of the European Union, but a third of them is very and rather pessimistic in this respect.

'96 percent of the surveyed have heard of Schengen Area and 86 percent of them believe Romania's joining Schengen would be a good thing. 53 percent of the respondents say Romania is not ready to join Schengen. (...) The Romanians most frequently associate the European Union with: the freedom to travel, study and work anywhere in the EU (91 pct), peace (86 pct), cultural diversity (79 pct), democracy (74 pct), the euro (66 pct), bureaucracy (64 pct), unemployment (62 pct), social security (60 pct), money squandering (58 pct), economic prosperity (56 pct), a more important say in the world (55 pct), insufficient outer border control (55 pct), more crimes (53 pct), the loss of our cultural identity (47 pct)', say the conclusions of the survey.

According to 52 percent of the surveyed, Romania would have been better protected in the face of the current financial and economic crisis if it had joined the euro, but 44 percent do not agree with such a view.

The IRES poll was conducted on Wednesday, May 8, on a nationally-representative sample of 1,324 persons; it carries an error margin of 2.8 percent.