The EU NEIGHBOURS east project, in collaboration with ACT LLC, carries out opinion polls in the EU's six Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) on an annual basis.
According to the 2017 survey:
- Pro-EU feelings are on the rise in Georgia, 59% of Georgians have a positive image of the EU. The figure is up 6% from last year and higher than in any of the other countries of the Eastern Partnership.
- 83% of Georgians feel relations with the European Union are good – up from 75% last year and well ahead of the average 61% in the region.
- 66% of people in Georgia trust the EU, compared to the United Nations (56%) and NATO (54%).
- More than half of Georgians (58%) are aware of the EU’s financial support to the country, and almost three-quarters of them feel EU support is effective (up from 59% in 2016 and compared to a regional average of 53%).
The purpose of the annual surveys is to investigate and understand better the opinion and the level of awareness that citizens of the EU's Eastern Partner countries have about the European Union and its cooperation with their country. They cover the following broad topics:
- General perceptions about the EU
- Values associated with the EU
- Assessment of EU relations with the home country
- Awareness of financial support provided by the EU and assessment of its effectiveness
- Sources of information
- Country evaluation and future expectations
The Eastern Partnership regional overview and factsheets are available here.
To find out more about EU - Georgia cooperation and partnership, go here.