Majority of Albanians optimistic about the country’s economy and EU future
Most Albanians perceive the economic situation in the country as positive, and they even have a greater proportion of people who think positively about their economy than other European countries.
But apparently, Albanians link this perception only to the personal financial situation and employment situation, since the figures are almost identical as the last year.
On the other hand, while 70% of Europeans are satisfied with the household economy, only 46% of them have a positive opinion about the economic situation in their country of residence.
The data come from the Eurobarometer survey, an indicator of the European spirit and the economic and political situation in the EU countries, as well as the candidate countries.
Unlike Europeans, Albanians are even more hopeful about improving economic and employment conditions.
55% of the respondents believe that Albania’s economy will improve in the next 12 months and this number has increased by 11% since the last results.
As far as employment is concerned, Albanians are optimistic, with 52% believing that the labor market in the country will improve and 49% believing that their employment situation will be better.
A positive mood is reported even regarding the effects of the economic crisis, with ¾ of citizens saying things can only improve.
At a time when among the Albanians the answer is that things will be better, European citizens say that things will remain the same.
Issues that make our country worse, according to Barometer results, are: unemployment, economic situation, social and health safety, living costs, crime and the education system.
While issues that are perceived as less problematic are: terrorism, taxes, housing, pensions, government debt and environmental and energy issues.
Individually, what is affecting mostly every Albanian is the increase in the cost of living, health and social security, as well as unemployment.
The Standard Eurobarometer outlines Europeans’ attitudes towards the EU, as well as citizens’ main concerns and perceptions of the economic situation.
When it comes to the top challenges EU is facing, terrorism became the number one concern among Europeans.
A total of 44 percent of respondents said terrorism was their main worry, increasing by 12 percent compared to the results in autumn 2016. This was followed by immigration at 38 percent and the economic situation at 18 percent.
The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews between May 20 and 30, 2017. A total of 33,180 people were interviewed across EU member states as well as in EU candidate countries, including Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania.
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