Eurofound: Croats Place More Trust in EU Institutions Than Own Government

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of September, 2020, Croatian citizens have made it quite clear that they trust the various EU institutions more than they trust the actual Croatian Government, according to a survey conducted by Eurofound which is based in the Irish city of Dublin. Eurofound is otherwise Europe’s leading NGO for labour market and quality of life research, Vecernji list reported.

On a scale of one to ten, Croatian citizens rated their government at a somewhat unimpressive 2.9, while giving the leadership of the European Union a significantly higher (although still not high in itself) score of 4.2. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Croatia back in April, PM Andrej Plenkovic’s team was rated four, but by July that trust had been lost.

The aforementioned Croatian publication reminds us of the fact that in that period, HDZ confirmed its mandate, and Andrej Plenkovic won a significant number of votes. Only those in power in Poland did worse than the Croatian Government in this particular Eurofound survey, with Polish citizens rating their government at just 2.4 on the scale.

Bulgarians, Hungarians, Slovenes, Romanians, Czechs and Belgians are at the back end of the list too, while the Scandinavians, Germans, Irish, Portuguese and Austrians have the greatest confidence in the moves of their respective national authorities according to this Eurofound study.

Confidence in leadership was just one of the topics of a survey of quality of life and the labour market conducted among nearly 90,000 respondents across EU member states.

Young people, women and the unemployed lost the most due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis across all of the European Union’s member states. Many countries have invested a significant amount of funds to save employment, but that money has clearly not saved the most vulnerable population, reports Vecernji list.

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