Only 27% Europeans consider enlargement a priority

The latest EU opinion poll, Eurobarometer, reveals only 27% of EU citizens regard enlargement as a priority.

Only 27 percent of EU citizens, polled by the EU Standard Eurobarometer, consider welcoming new member countries a priority.

Enlargement emerges as the lowest among 12 priorities for the EU, with fight against unemployment, maintaining peace and security in Europe, fighting organised crime and drug trafficking, and fighting poverty and social exclusion as top priorites for EU citizens.

When asked which countries they would like to see most in the Union, EU citizens place Norway and Switzerland, who are not candidates for membership, at the top.

General support for enlargement among EU citizens is at 38 percent. It is highest among Swedes (61 parcent) and lowest among the French (26 percent).

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