Only 44 percent of EU citizens in favour of enlargement according to Eurobarometer opinion poll released in April
Public support, both in the Member States and candidate countries, is key to the success of the enlargement process. However, support has been falling recently in both groups of countries. EU citizens are aware of the fact that making decisions will become more difficult in the enlarged Union (65 percent) and that their countries will receive less financial aid from the EU after enlargement (50 percent).
On the other hand, they also agree that the EU will become more important in the world as more countries join it (66 percent), and that more peace and security will be guaranteed in Europe (55 percent). EU citizens also express appreciation for the cultural enrichment of Europe via the enlargement process (61 percent).