Perceptions on Macedonia’s EU integration

Perceptions on Macedonia’s EU integration

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The support for Macedonia’s EU Membership is still great and unchanged compared to March 2014. Nevertheless, “changing the name” of the state is still an influencing factor among a considerable part of the citizens and their support for the EU integration process. A majority of citizens supports the EU accession without changes in the name of the state (58.8%), while near one quarter of the citizens support the EU accession, despite of changing the name (23.8%). Small majority of citizens does not support Macedonia’s EU membership at all (13.6%). A majority of citizens perceive stagnation in the EU integration process, compared to March 2014. The perception that Macedonia has advanced in the process of EU Integration has been reduced, whereas the percentage of respondents who think that Macedonia has made a drawback or no advancement at all has been increased. While in 2014 a large part of the respondents thought that Macedonia advanced to a certain degree, in 2015 they thought that Macedonia slightly advanced or made no advancement at all (total of 57.3%). There is a considerable difference in the perception of Macedonia’s readiness for an EU membership, compared to 2014. While last year, the citizens have been nearly divided in terms of this question, in 2015 the majority of citizens think that Macedonia is not ready for an EU membership (57.2%). This attitude is mostly prevailing among young people between 18 and 29 years old. This year, compared to 2014, there is a marked rise of the view that the non-realization of domestic reforms is the main reason for Macedonia still not being part of the EU. While 27.1% held this view in 2014, now it has increased up to 32.1%. On the other hand, between 2014 and 2015, there has been a small decline in the view that the main reason for Macedonia still not being part of the EU, are the neighboring states. In March 2015, 43.8% of all respondents thought that the main reason for Macedonia’s stagnation are the neighboring countries. This opinion is still prevailing among the citizens. The greater part of the ethnic Macedonians think that main reason for Macedonia still not being part of the EU are the neighboring countries (46.1%). The same opinion is shared by 37.2% of the ethnic Albanians. The majority of Albanians think that the main reason is the non-realization of the domestic reforms (50.3%), while the same opinion is shared by somewhat more than one quarter of the Macedonian respondents (26.7%).

Perceptions on Macedonia’s EU integration

Perceptions on Macedonia’s EU integration

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