MEPs See Approach in Bosnia, Unemployment and BSE as Harmful to EU's Standing:

The European Union's reputation has been diminished by its handling of Bosnia, on job creation and in the handling of the BSE crisis, according to a MORI survey of MEPs for The European.

The European Union's reputation has been diminished by its handling of Bosnia, on job creation and in the handling of the BSE crisis, according to a MORI survey of MEPs for The European.

Almost three in five (57%) feel that the handling of the BSE crisis diminished public perception of the EU. Surprisingly, 31% believe that the affair enhanced the EU's popular standing, an anomole which is explained by regional differences.

Around half mention the failure to resolve the Bosnian dispute and unemployment as damaging to the EU's public reputation.

There is also widespread criticism of media handling of the EU; two thirds of MEPs rate their nation's media coverage on the EU as "very" or "fairly" poor. Only one per cent think it does this "very" well.

On the positive side, public opinion of the EU is bolstered by action on the environment. Almost three in five MEPs think that public perception of the EU has been enhanced by its handling of the environment.

Q Do you feel the public perception of the EU has been enhanced by it's handling of ...?

  Enhanced Diminished
BSE crisis 31% 57%
Bosnia 22% 51%
Unemployment in EU 14% 48%
Fraud in EU 15% 37%
EU immigration and asylum 15% 31%
The environment 59% 9%

Technical details

The survey among 117 MEPs was conducted between 17 February and 14 March 1997.

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