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European integration is supported by 52% of Serbian citizens

Serbia and EU flags; Photo: European Council

BELGRADE – The European integration process is supported by 52 percent of Serbian citizens, and the EU is recognized as the largest donor of Serbia, said today Minister of European Integration of Serbia Jadranka Joksimović.

According to her, these data are the result of the latest opinion poll carried out by the Ministry of European Integration, and it is of particular importance that after a long time the support of citizens by European integrations exceeds 50 percent.

“We are doing public opinion research as a ministry every six months, in the past year the results were 47, and 49 percent, and now they show 52. After a long time, we crossed those 50 percent and I am very happy about that,” Joksimović said after signing a donation agreement with the Ambassador of Bulgaria to Serbia, Radko Vlajkov.

He estimates that the great support of citizens in the process of European integration and the path to EU membership has contributed to the policy of regional development, sustainable development, preparations for the use of funds, cross-border cooperation.

“65 percent of citizens support the reform process independently of the negotiations with the EU, and they want more modern and efficient state, which is easier and faster to implement with European integrations as the best reform mechanism,” Joksimović said.

She underlined that the results of the survey show that citizens recognize the EU as the biggest donor of Serbia for the second time in a row, and that most of the grants and development aid come from the EU.

“It is important to emphasize, because on this basis you can make personal and political decisions and you can recognize whether the European path is the best medium and long-term solution in the political, economic, security aspect of Serbia’s development,” Joksimović said.

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