Single Market Hailed as EU's Key Achievement

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | May 5, 2006, Friday // 00:00

According to the majority of Europeans, peace among all Member states and the single market are the most positive achievements of European unification.

These answers dominate two special Eurobarometer surveys conducted in February and March 2006 in the framework of Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate of the European Commission.

The surveys showed more than half of approached EU citizens consider that the enlargement of the Union is something positive. For 61%, it means improving the influence of the EU in the world.

For Europeans the elements, perceived to be of most importance for the future of Europe, include by far comparable living standards (51%), followed then by the introduction of the Euro in all Member states (26%) and a common Constitution (25%). The latter remains true for 29% of the French and 32% of the Dutch.

Though almost one in two respondents (49%) considers that membership of the European Union is positive, the fact remains that certain criticisms are levelled at the lack of political and cultural integration at the European level.

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