On November 18, Kateryna Zarembo moderated the presentation of the New Europe Center’s research “What is Ukraine’s perception in the EU?”
On November 18, the New Europe Center presented the results of a public opinion poll “What is Ukraine’s perception in the EU?” conducted in Italy, Germany, Poland, and France. Kateryna Zarembo moderated the presentation and discussion with the participation of Alyona Getmanchuk, Director of the New Europe Center, Leonid Litra, Senior Analyst of the New Europe Center, Emine Dzheppar, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, Ambassador of France to Ukraine, Hanna Hopko, Head of the Committee on foreign affairs of the Verkhovna Rada of the 8th convocation (2014 – 2019), Vasyl Myroshnychenko, partner of the strategic communications company CFC Big Ideas.
The most interesting findings of the survey:
- among the Italian public, only one among the top ten associations with Ukraine is negative (“unemployment”), the rest are positive or neutral. Italian citizens, together with Polish citizens, are most supportive of Ukraine’s EU membership (over 60%), which is even more than Ukrainian society according to some polls. It turns out that the Italian elites are somewhat behind the Italian public in their attitude to the prospect of Ukraine’s EU membership. And now Ukraine has got a new convincing argument in favor of supporting the prospect of membership in negotiations with Rome;
- the Italians are more willing to give Ukraine the prospect of membership than to expand sanctions against Russia (in terms of supporting Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression). The study showed that Italy is by no means “anti-Ukrainian” and Russian propaganda that portrays Ukraine as a failed state and a lair of the far-right has suffered a crushing defeat;
- in the long-term, the vast majority (30.5%) of Poles see relations with Ukraine like “with an ordinary neighbor” and only 21% of respondents see Ukraine as a member of the EU or a closely integrated economic and political partner. However, with regard to another question – whether Ukraine should become a member of the EU – almost 70% of Poles answered affirmatively.
The full text of the research is available here.
You may watch the video recording of the discussion here.