EU Citizens: Ukraine Deserves to Join the EU
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EU Citizens: Ukraine Deserves to Join the EU PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, July 30, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost half of the European guests, who visited Ukraine during EURO 2012 football championship, stated that Ukraine

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EU Citizens: Ukraine Deserves to Join the EU
PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, July 30, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine,July 30, 2012/PRNewswire/ --Almost half of the European guests, who visitedUkraineduringEURO 2012football championship, stated thatUkrainedeserved to enter the EU in the near future. EU citizens were surveyed by GfK Company as a part of theSoft Power of Ukraine in the EU and Beyondproject, commissioned by the Institute of World Policy,USA. http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=1971 The survey results revealed that in general the EU citizens supportedUkraine's European aspirations and thought thatUkrainedeserved various components of European integration such as the visa-free regime, reads the study. 52.4 percent of European fans would like to cancel the visa regime between their countries andUkrainealready today, while 4.8 percent did not support the visa-free initiative. According to the survey, 42.56 percent of respondents wanted to seeUkraine become a member of the 27 nations block within the short term, while 30.92 percent believed thatUkrainecould join the EU in the medium term under the condition that the political and economic situation in the country improves. Notably, only 2.77 percent of surveyed EU citizens said they did not want to see Ukrainea part of the union. At the same time, 84 percent ofUkraine'sguests were happy with the championship taking place in the country. 76.4 percent expressed the desire to visitUkraineagain as tourists. More than a half (57.25 percent) of the Europeans reported that the organization of the major sports event had improved their perception ofUkraine. More than half of the surveyed EU citizens stated that upon visitingUkraine they sympathize with the country. 37.5 percent of respondents expressed respect forUkraine, while about one third of the respondents displayed eagerness to support the Eastern European country. Interestingly, 84.64 percent of all the 1,408 surveyed respondents have never been toUkraine before the championship. The Institute of World Policy launched theEURO Exit Pollthrough UNITER program onJune 11, 2012. In the run of the campaign, football fans from different European countries shared their impressions ofUkrainein the contexts of politics and foreign policy. Europeans staying inKyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Donetsk for the championship (June 8 - July 1, 2012) were questioned at the exits of the stadiums in the Ukrainian host cities.