Popular Support for Membership in the EU Runs Thin

According to a recent poll, 56.52% of Bosnians would approve of Bosnia’s accession to the European Union if a referendum on the matter was organized now. 

The annual poll, conducted by Bosnian government’s Directorate for European Integration, suggests that the popular opinion on EU accession varies wildly between the country’s two entities. Less that one third of respondents in Serb-dominated Republika Srpska would agree to join the EU, while nearly three fourths of respondents in the Bosniak and Croat-dominated Federation would like to see the country in the bloc. Citizens of the Brčko District are most supportive of EU accession – 75.5% said they would vote yes in a referendum.

The share of respondents who are indecisive or wouldn’t answer grew since last year.

Most of Bosnians who said yes to EU accession see infrastructure improvements and freedom of trade and mobility as the main reasons to join the bloc. Those who said no mostly fear higher living costs and taxes. The majority agrees that labor tax cuts, job creation, anti-corruption effort and public administration reform are the most important reforms to be undertaken as the country transforms itself to meet the EU membership criteria.

The poll respondents were mostly interested in the impact of EU membership on their day-to-day lives.

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