Eurobarometer: Young Eastern Europeans optimistic about their future in EU

A Eurobarometer survey carried out during the spring shows that the majority of young Central Eastern Europeans are more committed to Europe than their counterparts in the EU 15.

A Eurobarometer survey reveals that the lifestyles and personal aspirations of young people in the 10 accession countries and in the three candidate countries are relatively similar to those of young people in the present 15 member states. However, the survey shows that young people in these countries have differing views on issues affecting society and different expectations of the EU.

The survey indicates that young people in the acceding states mainly see the EU as a hope of a better future (twice as much as in the EU 15). The main reasons given are job opportunities, freedom of movement, a better quality of life and more money.

Like their counterparts in the EU 15, young people in the acceding and candidate countries have relatively little involvement in clubs and societies. They consider school to be the main way that they can learn about how to participate in society. They are greatly in favour of schemes to encourage voluntary activities and of young people's associations.

A higher proportion of young people in the acceding and candidate countries than in the present European Union know one, two or three foreign languages. As in the EU 15, the main foreign language known by young people is English (47 per cent), followed by German (17 per cent), Russian (8 per cent) and then French (7 per cent).

 

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