27 February 2014 12:34

Cypriots do not trust the local government, parliament or the European Union but believe that the EU more than any other institution is best able to take effective actions against the effects of the financial and economic crisis.
According to the results of the latest standard Eurobarometer presented yesterday at the House of the European Union in Nicosia, Greek Cypriots said that they tend not to trust the local parliament (77%), the European Union (75%) or the local government (68%), mirroring a general consensus among the EU28.
Nevertheless, 24% of Greek Cypriots feel that the European Union is best able to take effective measures to fight the economic crisis compared to 22% among the EU28, followed by 18% who responded that the government can resolve the issue and 15% for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In light of the upcoming European Parliament elections, the contradictory indication between the lack of confidence in the EU and its institutions as opposed to faith in its ability to resolve issues related to the financial crisis suggest a need for change in the way that the EU operates, according to head of the Commission's Representation office in Cyprus George Markopouliotis.
Meanwhile, when asked whether the impact of the economic crisis on the job market has reached its peak or whether the worst is yet to come, an overwhelming 87% agreed with the latter compared to 50% in the EU28.
Regarding the financial situation in Cyprus, 97% of Greek Cypriots said that it was 'bad', while 58% and 39% also responded that the financial situation of their household and their personal job situation respectively were also 'bad'.
Cypriots also expect that the economic situation in Cyprus will get worse (72%), as will the economic situation in the EU (43%).
With regards to the employment situation in Cyprus, 74% of Cypriots said that they expect it to get worse, although the majority (42%) do not anticipate any change in their personal job situation.
Respondents in the government-controlled areas also said that the two most important problems Cyprus is currently facing are unemployment (77%) and the economic situation (74%), whereas the biggest problems they are facing personally include the financial situation of their household (43%), as well as rising prices and inflation (40%).
The survey was carried out between November 2 and 17, 2013 in the 28 member states of the European Union, as well as five candidates for accession including Montenegro, Serbia, Iceland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
The population sample consisted of 1,000 participants from each country aged 15 and above. In Cyprus, 503 questionnaires were given to people living in the government-controlled areas and the remaining 500 were answered by Turkish Cypriot participants living in the occupied north.


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