Public opinion survey carried out in April by the Directorate for European Integration (DEI) of Bosnia and Herzegovina shows that 76.6 percent of citizens support the country’s path towards membership in the European Union.

The survey shows that the support to European integration is much bigger in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (86.5 percent), than in the District of Brcko (69 percent) and the Republic of Srpska (58.9 percent).

Also, the number of citizens in favor of country joining the EU has grown by more than 20 percent since 2018, while the number of those who do not know, or do not want to say, how they would vote in referendum on EU membership has decreased.

Statement issued by DEI BiH reads that most common reasons for support to country’s membership in the EU are the same in all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina - as people across the country believe that membership in the Union would guarantee lasting peace and political stability, and improve the freedom of movement of people, goods and capital.   

At the same time, according to DEI, fear of the growing costs of living and taxes is by far the most usual reason some are against the country’s membership in the EU.