Between April and June 2016, annual surveys were carried out across the six Eastern Partnership 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 Partnership (EaP) 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 Partnership 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.
This document represents the results of the Annual survey – cumulative macro report of the 1st wave conducted in the six EaP countries and covers the following broad topics:
- General perceptions about the EU
- Values associated with the EU
- Assessment of EU relations with EaP countries
- Awareness of financial support provided by the EU and assessment of its effectiveness
- Sources of information
- Country evaluation and future expectations
The first wave of surveys places particular emphasis on collecting data about sources of information used by citizens in order to support the implementation of effective awareness-raising and information campaigns. For this purpose, the surveys address the access, usage, level of trust and influence of different sources of information in general and in relation to the EU.