This series of factsheets presents selected findings from the 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' Annual Survey 2016 – BELARUS (1st wave conducted between April and June 2016). The factsheets focus on three main areas of the survey:
- Perceptions of the European Union
- Awareness and Effectiveness of EU Financial Support
- Sources of Information on the European Union
Between April and June 2016, annual surveys were carried out across the six Eastern Neighbourhood countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The research was conducted within the framework of the EU-funded 'OPEN Neighbourhood - Communicating for a stronger partnership: connecting with citizens across the Eastern Neighbourhood' (EU NEIGHBOURS east) project.
The OPEN Neighbourhood 'EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project aims to increase the understanding of EU support in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries through improved communication. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the public perception of the EU, as well as to a better understanding of European policies and their impact through the regional and bilateral EU support and cooperation programmes in Eastern Neighbourhood countries.
The project will develop information and communication materials, carry out awareness-raising and information campaigns, and assess the perception of the EU and its support through opinion polling and media monitoring.
As part of the opinion polling strategy, the purpose of the annual surveys is to investigate the opinion and the level of information that the citizens of the EaP countries have, in general, about the EU and, in particular, about EU-funded cooperation and development programmes/projects. In order to monitor changes over time, the surveys will be carried out annually for the next 3 years.