Serbia: One in two citizens in favor of EU membership, 9% want to join NATO

Serbia: One in two citizens in favor of EU membership, 9% want to join NATO

In a poll released Wednesday by CeSid CEO Bojan Klacar, half of Serbia’s citizens are in favor of joining the European Union and only 9% are in favor of joining NATO.

The survey was conducted in co-operation with CEAS on citizens’ attitudes towards NATO, the EU, the US and Klačar presented the results during the 8th “NATO Week in Belgrade”.

Klacar noted that half of the citizens are in favor of Serbia’s accession to the EU, while 31% are against. As for NATO membership, only 9% of the respondents support it, while 72% are against it, with the main reason for membership is security, he explained.

When asked what prevents citizens from increasingly supporting NATO membership, 63% of the population responded to the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999.

The research shows, he added, that very few people know exactly how many civilian casualties there were and that 58% of them believe that depleted uranium has led to an increase in the number of cancer cases.

Klacar noted that it is noteworthy that 65% of citizens support the deepening of cooperation with the United States and 40% of respondents believe that US policy towards Serbia has improved.

The Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration (CEAS), Jelena Milić, assessed as very encouraging the fact that 65% of the citizens are in favor of deepening cooperation with the United States.

The research was conducted jointly by the Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and CeSid./ibna