Lithuanians have better opinion about EU than other countries – EP survey

DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

Commissioned by the European Parliament and carried out in September, the survey shows that 68 percent of Lithuanians consider their country’s membership of the European Union to be a good thing. 88 percent are also of the view that their country has benefitted from EU membership. Higher figures were recorded only in Ireland and Malta.

Similar results were received across the EU, with 62 percent of European supporting their country’s EU membership and 68 percent are convinced that their country has benefited from it.

35 percent of Lithuanians believe the situation in the country is improving, compared to 32 percent in April. 43 percent are of the view that the situation is getting worse, and 14 percent had no opinion.

Also dropped the percentage of Lithuanians who believe the situation in the EU is improving, with the number down from 53 percent last spring to 43 percent in September. 22 percent of Lithuanians believe the situation in the EU is getting worse.

59 percent of Lithuanians are satisfied in the democratic functioning of the EU, compared to the EU average of 49 percent. But only 42 percent are satisfied with its functioning in Lithuania, although the number is up 5 percentage points from April, compared to the EU average of 58 percent.

More than a quarter of Lithuanians (27 percent) hold a positive view of the Parliament, with the majority (59 percent) being neutral. As much as 59 percent of Lithuanians would like the Parliament to have a more significant role, compared to the EU average of 48 percent.

Only 16 percent of Lithuanians have trust in political parties, compared to the EU average of 27 percent.

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